DADE CITY, Fla. – If there were any jitters, Javier Calles certainly didn’t show them Monday, as the freshman from Madrid, Spain making his collegiate debut shot seven-under par through the first 34 holes at the Saint Leo Invitational before darkness halted play late in round two. The effort currently has Calles tied for fourth, while, collectively, Nova Southeastern owns sole possession of fourth among the 18-team field.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 4th of 18 teams
Tournament Leader(s): Lynn/Saint Leo
Location: Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club – South Course | Dade City, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Although still two holes to play in the second round, to this point, the Sharks have bettered their opening round of (-4) 284 with a six-under par performance in round two to firmly position themselves among the top half of the leaderboard.
- Lynn and host Saint Leo stand as co-leaders at 20-under par, two shots in front of Keiser (-18).
- Teeing off on the back nine, Calles made the turn at even-par in round one. The freshman soon entered red numbers, though, after a birdie on the Par-5 2nd kick-started a strong final stretch that included two more birdies on No. 4 and No. 9 to cap the morning with a score of (-3) 69.
- Calles remained on a roll with birdies on three of his first five holes of round two. He would pencil in another four on No. 2 before collecting one last birdie on No. 7 prior to play being called with him three shots off the pace.
- Sophomore Mike Hay shook off three straight bogeys in the second round by tallying four birdies over a stretch of nine holes. Currently one-under par in round two, Hay sits tied for 13th at three-under par overall.
- Yet another freshman flashing in his very first collegiate tournament, Joseba Torres drained three birdies right out the gate through his opening four holes Monday. He would later add an eagle on No. 2 to close round one with a (-2) 70.
- In the midst of a run of nine consecutive pars, Torres owns a share of 22nd at two-under for the tournament.
- Jonny Cachon began the day with a (+6) 78. Five birdies through his first 11 holes in round two, though, brought the junior back to a tie for 65th on the leaderboard.
- The winner of the Saint Leo Invitational a year ago, Tomas Millet racked up four birdies and an eagle in the first round, yet slipped up late en route to a (+3) 75. Currently nine-over par at moment, the senior sits tied for 80th.
STATS OF THE DAY:
- The Sharks shot a combined 17-under par on the Par-5’s Monday, tied for seventh-best in the field.
- NSU’s 3.03 scoring average on the Par-3’s ranks fourth among the 18 teams.
- NSU’s 37 total birdies also ranks fourth.
- Torres took advantage of the Par-5’s Monday, shooting six-under par on such holes.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn’s Agustin Errazuriz (-10) currently holds a one-shot lead over Oliver Lilliedahl of Saint Leo.
- The Sharks have finished third or better in each of the past three Saint Leo Invitational tournaments.
- The Sunshine State Conference has made its presence felt thus far, with four of the Top-6 teams on the leaderboard hailing from the SSC.
Round two is set to resume Tuesday at 8:30 am, with final-round action scheduled to immediately follow. For live coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram or Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
Play Suspended Due to Darkness…
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