FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Finally…it’s beginning to feel like spring again. The temperatures have not only started to climb (in the state of Florida, at least), but Nova Southeastern men’s golf will officially make its return, as the Sharks prepare for their 2021 debut at the upcoming Saint Leo Invitational on Feb. 22-23.
Freshmen Javier Calles and Joseba Torres will get their first taste of collegiate action, with head coach Joey Marino expressing excitement about the young duo from Spain. Otherwise, the roster remains intact from the previous spring, including nine players who appeared in at least two tournaments in 2020. Sophomore Mike Hay finished his rookie season as NSU’s highest ranked player, and will be penciled in at No. 1 in the lineup when Monday rolls around. Joining Calles, Hay and Torres this week will be senior Tomas Millet, who will look to defend his title as the reigning Saint Leo Invitational champion, along with junior Jonny Cachon.
The Field (Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll Rankings)
No. 23 Anderson
T-No. 3 Barry
No. 5 Columbus State
No. 13 Florida Southern
T-No. 3 Lee
No. 8 Lynn
Palm Beach Atlantic
T-No. 17 Saint Leo
The season-opening tournament will feature 54 holes of stroke play over the two days of competition, with 36 holes scheduled for Monday and the final 18 to be completed Tuesday. Official tee times are still to be announced.
Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club will play as a Par-72, covering 7,153 yards.
Both individually and collectively, the Sharks have enjoyed considerable success at the Saint Leo Invitational, most notably throughout the past three years. Dating back to 2018, as a team, NSU has finished no worse than third at the event, earning an eight-shot victory in Feb. of 2018.
That same season, former All-American Juan Jose Guerra picked up the first of his two consecutive individual titles at the Saint Leo Invitational. While Guerra’s streak had to end upon graduation in 2019, Millet picked up where Guerra left off in 2020 by overcoming a late two-stroke deficit to record his first career victory last spring.
At three-over par, Saint Leo defended its home turf, edging Keiser by one shot to win the event a year ago.
How to Follow
For live stats throughout all 54 holes, please visit the men’s golf schedule page or simply click here. For post-round updates, follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf. A complete recap with full results will be available on NSUSharks.com following the conclusion of each day.
Competing in three tournaments in as many weeks to begin the season, NSU will head to the Falls Club in Lake Worth, Fla. for the Division I-heavy Palm Beach Intercollegiate, set to be played on Mar. 1-2.