M. Golf

Four-Team Race Goes to Florida Tech; Gard is Medalist for the Mocs

Case Gard is the fourth different Moccasin to win the Matlock Collegiate Classic.Case Gard is the fourth different Moccasin to win the Matlock Collegiate Classic.

LAKELAND – In the closest Matlock Collegiate Classic in tournament history, Florida Tech had just enough fire power for a 1-stroke win over not just one team, but three teams, including host Florida Southern. The Moccasins did earn one win, however, as junior Case Gard also won the individual title by a single stroke, and put his name on an impressive list of Florida Southern golfers in the process.

Florida Tech had started Tuesday’s final round in a tie for first with 2nd-ranked Barry University, only the third time in the tournament’s 31-year history two teams shared the lead at the end of the second round. Three other teams were within five shots of the lead, and at the end of the day, all of them were in the running for the title. It created a tense scene at the scoreboard as the cards came in, and the Panthers could only celebrate after seeing the final scores posted for Florida Southern.

By that point, Florida Tech already knew it had edged Barry by one stroke, and the top-ranked team in Division II, Lynn University, also came up one stroke short. The Panthers had to count a 78 from Colin Flabbi, and their top golfer, Christian Westhorpe had to double-check his card to confirm a 71. It was enough though to give Florida Tech it’s first tournament win since 2006.

Lynn and Florida Southern, who had been tied with St. Edward’s (TX) for second place after round two, and trailing the co-leaders by five strokes, nearly made up the difference as both teams shot a 291 on Tuesday. It was the best score of the day, but still left them one behind Florida Tech, and in a 3-way tie for second with Barry. It was the first time four teams had ever finished within one stroke of the lead.

The 1984 Matlock Classic (under a different name at the time) saw three teams within one stroke at the end. That year, the University of Florida edged out both Wake Forest and North Carolina for the tournament title.

It was the second time in the last three years, however, that the winner came out on top by that margin, with Georgia College slipping past Florida Southern in 2010.

The 25th-ranked Moccasins had a chance to win this one too behind Gard, a junior college transfer, but a Lakeland native who played at George Jenkins High School. Gard began the day trailing Barry’s Marcus Segerstrom by one shot, with Segerstrom at -8. Segerstrom fell behind though after three bogeys on the back nine. Gard was able to take control with three birdies over the same stretch, including both par-five’s on the back nine. He was -9 for the tournament on Lone Palm’s four par-fives.

A bogey on Gard’s 17th hole of the day left the door open for another Barry player, Scott Smyers, but the two contenders, playing in different groups, went in different directions on their final hole. With a shotgun start, Gard finished his round on the par-3 #4, while Smyers finished on the par-4 #18. Smyers ended up with a six on that hole, while Gard played #4 in three shots, giving him a final-round 72, a final score of seven-under par 209, and a 1-stroke victory.

Segerstrom finished in a tie for third with Lynn’s Marcelo Rozo at -4, while Florida Tech’s Westhorpe was fifth at -3.

Gard is only the fourth different Moccasin to win the Matlock Collegiate Classic, with Jeff Klauk winning it in 2000, Steve Sokol winning it in 2001 and 2002, and Greg Koch the champion in 2004 and 2006.

Gard’s winning score of seven-under par is also the third best ever shot by a Moccasin in the Matlock Classic. Klauk set the tournament record in 2000 with a -12, Darron Stiles had a -9 in a third-place finish in 1995, and Rocco Mediate also shot a -7 as a runner-up in 1984.

Tim Crouch was Florida Southern’s second finisher in the tournament with a score of 222 (+6), putting him in a tie for 23rd with teammate Shane Convery. Lee White was tied for 39th with a 225, and Peter Creighton was tied for 46th with a 228.

White had the Mocs’ best round on Tuesday with a two-under par 70, and after not being among the four counters in the first two rounds, he helped put Florida Southern in position to win on Tuesday.

Florida Southern’s next tournament will be February 27 and 28 at the University of New Orleans Invitational.

 FINAL RESULTS           Matlock Collegiate Classic   
                         Lone Palm G. C.          Lakeland, FL  
                         Dates: 02/13 - 02/14     (Today:02-14-2012)
                                   Par:        72               
                                   Yardage:  7065               

      Fin.   School                   Scores 
         1   Florida Tech             286  290  295    871        +7
         2   Lynn University          297  284  291    872        +8
             Florida Southern Col     289  292  291    872        +8
             Barry University         289  287  296    872        +8
         5   St. Edward's U.          295  286  295    876       +12
         6   Armstrong Atlantic       292  298  289    879       +15
         7   Newberry College         294  292  297    883       +19
         8   West Florida, U. of      289  294  301    884       +20
         9   Rollins College          295  295  297    887       +23
        10   Columbus State           292  296  302    890       +26
        11   Valdosta St. U.          303  292  296    891       +27
        12   Georgia College          295  293  307    895       +31
        13   Eckerd College           301  298  299    898       +34
        14   West Georgia, U. of      307  305  297    909       +45
        15   Lander University        303  300  313    916       +52

      Fin.   School                   Scores 

         1   Florida Tech             286  290  295    871
         5    Christian Westhorpe      68   74   71    213
      T 11    Patrick Sheedy           72   73   72    217
        44    Colin Flabbi             74   74   78    226
      T 46    Ray Badenhorst           77   69   82    228
      T 59    Brandon Lau              72   85   74    231

      T  2   Lynn University          297  284  291    872
      T  3    Marcelo Rozo             74   68   70    212
      T 14    Paul McPhee              74   71   74    219
      T 16    Roberto Francioni        74   73   73    220
      T 23    Daniel Young             75   73   74    222
      T 36    Ernesto Vitienes         75   72   77    224

      T  2   Florida Southern Col     289  292  291    872
         1    Case Gard                67   70   72    209
      T 23    Tim Crouch               73   70   79    222
      T 23    Shane Convery            73   76   73    222
      T 39    Lee White                77   78   70    225
      T 46    Peter Creighton          76   76   76    228

      T  2   Barry University         289  287  296    872
         2    Scott Smyers             70   71   69    210
      T  3    Marcus Segerstrom        69   67   76    212
      T 23    Daniel Stapff            74   75   73    222
      T 53    Simon Forsslund          76   75   78    229
      T 70    Roberto Cacho            80   74   80    234

         5   St. Edward's U.          295  286  295    876
      T 14    Santiago Quintero        76   72   71    219
      T 16    Luke Kwon                71   73   76    220
      T 23    Enrique Livas            77   71   74    222
      T 36    Jose A. Hernandez        80   70   74    224
      T 55    Logan Boatner            71   74   85    230

         6   Armstrong Atlantic       292  298  289    879
         6    Matt Motes               69   75   70    214
      T 11    Travis Williamson        69   74   74    217
      T 23    Taylor Gove              72   78   72    222
      T 61    Jacob Tilton             82   75   75    232
      T 61    Tyler Erickson           85   74   73    232

         7   Newberry College         294  292  297    883
      T  8    Jon Weiss                71   70   75    216
      T 16    Matthew Killen           74   76   70    220
      T 39    Matthew Campbell         77   71   77    225
      T 39    Chandler Gruenmeier      72   76   77    225
      T 46    Tommy Hurst              78   75   75    228

         8   West Florida, U. of      289  294  301    884
        13    Carlos Rodriguez         72   73   73    218
      T 21    T. Guste-Pedersen        69   77   75    221
      T 23    Robbie Van Riper         74   69   79    222
      T 36    Ryan Black               74   76   74    224
      T 68    Adam Whipp               74   76   83    233

         9   Rollins College          295  295  297    887
      T 16    Tyler Sluman             71   74   75    220
      T 31    Hunter Stone             73   79   71    223
      T 46    Scott Lamb               83   73   72    228
      T 46    Davis Hall               75   74   79    228
      T 55    Spencer Cole             76   74   80    230

        10   Columbus State           292  296  302    890
         7    Rourke Van der Spuy      67   75   73    215
      T 31    Steven Paine             76   72   75    223
      T 39    Justin Grice             74   72   79    225
      T 61    Stephen Swanepoel        80   77   75    232
      T 61    Johan Swanepoel          75   78   79    232

        11   Valdosta St. U.          303  292  296    891
      T  8    Michael Rafalowicz       72   73   71    216
      T 16    Nate Anderson            75   71   74    220
      T 31    Clarke Hendrick          77   73   73    223
      T 61    Austin Graham            79   75   78    232
        74    Michael Nutter           79   79   81    239

        12   Georgia College          295  293  307    895
      T 23    David Sullivan           74   70   78    222
      T 31    Patrick Garrett          72   73   78    223
      T 31    Taylor Smith             75   73   75    223
      T 46    Victor Monte             74   77   77    228
        72    Ryan Trocchio            80   80   77    237

        13   Eckerd College           301  298  299    898
      T  8    Callum Georgallides      71   75   70    216
        45    Paul Henderson           78   71   78    227
      T 46    Curtis Lahey             77   76   75    228
      T 55    Greg Reilly              78   76   76    230
      T 61    Jeff Evanier             75   78   79    232

        14   West Georgia, U. of      307  305  297    909
      T 21    Bryn Powers              75   73   73    221
      T 53    Eric Alvarez             78   79   72    229
      T 59    Kevin Clarke             78   76   77    231
      T 68    Jack Wall, Jr.           76   82   75    233
      T 70    Dan Merriman             78   77   79    234

        15   Lander University        303  300  313    916
      T 39    Chad Siefert             71   79   75    225
      T 55    Oliver Van Nairn         80   75   75    230
      T 61    Tanner Robb              79   73   80    232
        73    Neal Todd                82   73   83    238
        75    Tucker Nelson            73   83   84    240

 FINAL RESULTS           Matlock Collegiate Classic   
                         Lone Palm G. C.          Lakeland, FL  
                         Dates: 02/13 - 02/14     (Today:02-14-2012)
                                   Par:        72               
                                   Yardage:  7065               

   Fin.   Name                   School       Scores 
      1   Case Gard              Fl. South     67   70   72    209   -7
      2   Scott Smyers           Barry U.      70   71   69    210   -6
      3   Marcelo Rozo           Lynn U.       74   68   70    212   -4
          Marcus Segerstrom      Barry U.      69   67   76    212   -4
      5   Christian Westhorpe    FL Tech       68   74   71    213   -3
      6   Matt Motes             AASU          69   75   70    214   -2
      7   Rourke Van der Spuy    CSU           67   75   73    215   -1
      8   Michael Rafalowicz     ValdostaSt    72   73   71    216    E
          Callum Georgallides    Eckerd        71   75   70    216    E
          Jon Weiss              Newberry      71   70   75    216    E
     11   Travis Williamson      AASU          69   74   74    217   +1
          Patrick Sheedy         FL Tech       72   73   72    217   +1
     13   Carlos Rodriguez       W. Florida    72   73   73    218   +2
     14   Santiago Quintero      St.Edwards    76   72   71    219   +3
          Paul McPhee            Lynn U.       74   71   74    219   +3
     16   Luke Kwon              St.Edwards    71   73   76    220   +4
          Tyler Sluman           Rollins       71   74   75    220   +4
          Matthew Killen         Newberry      74   76   70    220   +4
          Nate Anderson          ValdostaSt    75   71   74    220   +4
          Roberto Francioni      Lynn U.       74   73   73    220   +4
     21   Bryn Powers            W Georgia     75   73   73    221   +5
          T. Guste-Pedersen      W. Florida    69   77   75    221   +5
     23   Taylor Gove            AASU          72   78   72    222   +6
          Daniel Stapff          Barry U.      74   75   73    222   +6
          Tim Crouch             Fl. South     73   70   79    222   +6
          Daniel Young           Lynn U.       75   73   74    222   +6
          David Sullivan         GA College    74   70   78    222   +6
          Shane Convery          Fl. South     73   76   73    222   +6
          Enrique Livas          St.Edwards    77   71   74    222   +6
          Robbie Van Riper       W. Florida    74   69   79    222   +6
     31   Patrick Garrett        GA College    72   73   78    223   +7
          Clarke Hendrick        ValdostaSt    77   73   73    223   +7
          Taylor Smith           GA College    75   73   75    223   +7
          Steven Paine           CSU           76   72   75    223   +7
          Hunter Stone           Rollins       73   79   71    223   +7
     36   Ryan Black             W. Florida    74   76   74    224   +8
          Jose A. Hernandez      St.Edwards    80   70   74    224   +8
          Ernesto Vitienes       Lynn U.       75   72   77    224   +8
     39   Lee White              Fl. South     77   78   70    225   +9
          Matthew Campbell       Newberry      77   71   77    225   +9
          Justin Grice           CSU           74   72   79    225   +9
          Chandler Gruenmeier    Newberry      72   76   77    225   +9
          Chad Siefert           Lander U.     71   79   75    225   +9
     44   Colin Flabbi           FL Tech       74   74   78    226  +10
     45   Paul Henderson         Eckerd        78   71   78    227  +11
     46   Scott Lamb             Rollins       83   73   72    228  +12
          Davis Hall             Rollins       75   74   79    228  +12
          Ray Badenhorst         FL Tech       77   69   82    228  +12
          Tommy Hurst            Newberry      78   75   75    228  +12
          Curtis Lahey           Eckerd        77   76   75    228  +12
          Peter Creighton        Fl. South     76   76   76    228  +12
          Victor Monte           GA College    74   77   77    228  +12
     53   Simon Forsslund        Barry U.      76   75   78    229  +13
          Eric Alvarez           W Georgia     78   79   72    229  +13
     55   Spencer Cole           Rollins       76   74   80    230  +14
          Oliver Van Nairn       Lander U.     80   75   75    230  +14
          Greg Reilly            Eckerd        78   76   76    230  +14
          Logan Boatner          St.Edwards    71   74   85    230  +14
     59   Brandon Lau            FL Tech       72   85   74    231  +15
          Kevin Clarke           W Georgia     78   76   77    231  +15
     61   Jeff Evanier           Eckerd        75   78   79    232  +16
          Tanner Robb            Lander U.     79   73   80    232  +16
          Jacob Tilton           AASU          82   75   75    232  +16
          Stephen Swanepoel      CSU           80   77   75    232  +16
          Tyler Erickson         AASU          85   74   73    232  +16
          Austin Graham          ValdostaSt    79   75   78    232  +16
          Johan Swanepoel        CSU           75   78   79    232  +16
     68   Jack Wall, Jr.         W Georgia     76   82   75    233  +17
          Adam Whipp             W. Florida    74   76   83    233  +17
     70   Dan Merriman           W Georgia     78   77   79    234  +18
          Roberto Cacho          Barry U.      80   74   80    234  +18
     72   Ryan Trocchio          GA College    80   80   77    237  +21
     73   Neal Todd              Lander U.     82   73   83    238  +22
     74   Michael Nutter         ValdostaSt    79   79   81    239  +23
     75   Tucker Nelson          Lander U.     73   83   84    240  +24

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