Sharks in Fourth after Round One at Saint Leo Invitational

DADE CITY, Fla. – The 17th ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team began play at the Saint Leo Invitational on Monday, February 19th. Through one round of action, the Sharks (-6/286) are in fourth place, while Will McGhie is in third (-6/68). 

The second round of the tournament was not completed on Monday and will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 

Breakdown
Team Leader: Saint Leo (-18)
Individual Leader: Isac Wallin, Keiser/Adrian Soriano, Saint Leo (-12)
Course: Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club | Dade City, Fla. | 7054 Yards | Par 72
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Results

How it Happened

  • Will McGhie began his opening round with a birdie, totaling three birdies on his front-nine, finishing at 35 before the turn. On the back-nine, McGhie shot a bogey-free round, tallying three rounds and six pars, ending the round at four-under (68).
  • Joseba Torres (T9th/-2) nearly completed a bogey-free first round, recording nine consecutive pars on the front-nine, but bogeyed 10. Torres responded with three consecutive birdies on the back-nine and closed the round with four straight pars. 
  • Ivan Ponsdomenech ended his first round with a 73, but recorded an eagle on nine and closed the round with a birdie on 17. Ponsdomench was able to finish his second round and recorded six birdies, jumping up the leader board, into a tie for ninth place, with a 68. 
  • Michael Hay (T22nd/74) started the tournament with seven pars on the front-nine and began the back-nine with three  straight pars, followed by birdieing 13 and 15, before closing the round with back-to-back pars. 
  • Christian Munoz (T61st) and Jorge Berea (T87th) totaled five birdies in their opening round. 

What's Next
The Sharks return to action on Tuesday, February 20th, finishing off the second round of the Saint Leo Invitational at 8:30 a.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf. 

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Hay wins Matlock Collegiate Classic, Sharks Place Second

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team completed play at the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Tuesday afternoon. As a team, the Sharks placed second overall (+11) in the 15-team field, while Mike Hay (-3) earned the first individual win of his collegiate career. 

Breakdown
Team Winner: Florida Southern (+6)
Individual Winner: Mike Hay, Nova Southeastern (-3)
Location: Lone Palm Golf Club | Lakeland, Fla. | Par 72 | 7151 Yards
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Results

How it Happened

  • Mike Hay, beginning on hole five, began the final round with seven pars and a pair of birdies in his first nine holes. He ended the round with eight consecutive pars, jumping six spots up the leaderboard, and shot a 71, recording the first individual win of his Nova Southeastern career. 
  • Joseba Torres finished the tournament tied for 12th and recorded three birdies on Tuesday. 
  • Will McGhie ended the Matlock Collegiate Classic tied for 15th, totaling 10 pars in his final round. 
  • Jorge Berea (T34th) and Ivan Ponsdomenech (T55th) combined for 20 pars and six birdies in the final round. 

What's Next
The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team will be back in action at the Saint Leo Invitational on Monday, February 19th. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf. 

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NSU Tied for Third at Matlock Collegiate Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. – Following the first two rounds of action at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, the Nova Southeastern Sharks (+3) are tied for third overall in the 15-team field. Michael Hay (T7th/-2), Will McGhie (T10th/-1), and Joseba Torres (T13th/E) are inside the top-15 for the tournament standings. 

Breakdown
Team Leader: Florida Southern (-9)
Individual Leader: Adam Alvarez, Florida Southern (-6)
Location: Lone Palm Golf Club | Matlock Collegiate Classic | Par 72 | 7151 Yards
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How it Happened

  • Starting on the tenth-hole, Michael Hay began the tournament with pars on 5-of-6 holes and birdied two consecutive holes before making the turn. On the front-nine, Hay added three more birdies, including one to close out his opening round by shooting a 70 (-2). 
  • In the second round, Hay recorded birdies on 4-of-5 holes, heading into the turn at -3. On the front-nine, Hay closed the afternoon with one additional birdie but also four bogeys. 
  • Will McGhie began the round with a pair of both birdies and bogeys on the back-nine. Following the turn, McGhie parred four consecutive holes and added another pair of birdies, closing the opening round at an even-par. 
  • McGhie then added three more birdies during the second round and totaled 13 pars. 
  • Joseba Torres tallied seven pars on the back-nine in his opening round and added three birdies, finishing the first round at 71 (-1). 
  • In his second round, Torres birdied back-to-back holes to begin the round, and finished with a 73. 
  • Jorge Berea (T37th/+6) recorded a total of five birdies and 20 pars. 
  • Ivan Ponsdomenech (74th/+17) totaled an 81 and 80 across both of his rounds.

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Joey Marino – “The guys got off to a great start in some bad weather conditions. We got within a few shots of the lead but struggled to finish the second round. Tomorrow we have a great opportunity to climb the leaderboard. I am excited to see how we play.”

What's Next
The Sharks will conclude the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Tuesday, February 6th. NSU will tee off at 8:30 a.m.

To stay up to date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_MGolf.

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Ricardo Celia Competing at Korn Ferry Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Ricardo Celia, a former Nova Southeastern Men’s Golfer and current assistant coach, has qualified for the upcoming Korn Ferry Tour Astara Golf Championship, presented by Mastercard, event in Bogota, Colombia. The tournament will be held at the Country Club de Bogota-Lagos from February 8-11.  

In his professional career, Celia has recorded 29 top-25 finishes, placed inside the top-10 in ten events, and earned a pair of victories.  

During his time at Nova Southeastern, Celia was a three-time PING All-America honoree. Celia was a member of the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship team, the first national title in NSU Men’s Golf program history. As a junior in the 2013 season, Celia ended the season ranked third in NCAA Division II and finished in seventh place in the NCAA Division II National Championship. 

To watch the Astara Golf Championship, presented by Mastercard, subscribe to either YouTubeTV or Paramount+. 

To stay up-to-date on Nova Southeastern Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf.  

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Former Shark Men’s Golfer, Eric Cole, Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year

JUPITER, Fla. – Eric Cole, a former Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf student-athlete, was recently named the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) 2022-2023 Arnold Palmer Award as the Rookie of the Year. Cole (35) is the second-oldest Rookie of the Year winner in PGA history. During the 2022-23 PGA season, Cole started 37 tournaments, had two runner-up finishes, placed in the top-five on six occasions, including four of his final five events in 2023, and finished inside the top-25 14 times.  

The PGA Tour Player of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year awards are determined by a member vote, with Tour members who played in at least 15 official FedExCup events during the 2022-23 season eligible to vote. 

Prior to joining the PGA Tour, Cole won 56 events on the Minor League Golf Tour, earning his Korn Ferry Tour card in 2017 and 2021. Cole then placed in a tie for third at the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship, earning his PGA Tour card for the 2022-23 season.  

Cole, currently ranked 41st in the PGA, began his professional Golf career in 2009 and waited more than a decade to get his PGA Tour card. During the 2022-23 season, Cole moved from 228th in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings to 20th. Among the 50 rookies on the PGA Tour in the 2022-23 season, Cole was the only one to place within the top-50 of the FedEx Cup standings.  

“It’s a huge honor to win Rookie of the Year,” Cole said. “It’s an award in golf where you only get one chance to win it, which is a little bit unique. To win that and be voted by my peers is pretty incredible, and it’s just a huge honor.” 

Success on the golf course is not new to the Cole family, Eric’s mother, Laura Baugh, was named the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Rookie of the Year in 1973 and his father, Bobby Cole, won the 1966 British Amateur and the 1977 Buick Open.  

For more information on Eric Cole and his journey to the Arnold Palmer PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, click here. Eric Cole will next be participating in the 2024 Sony Open, which takes place from the Wai’alae Country Club in Hawaii from January 11th through the 14th.  

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Sharks Win Citrus Intercollegiate Invitational

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team concluded its fall season on Tuesday afternoon with a win in the Citrus Intercollegiate from the Championsgate Golf Club. Nova Southeastern (-7) defeated Sunshine State Conference rival Barry (-6) by one stroke to win the event, while Michael Hay (-6) ended the tournament in a tie for second-place.

Breakdown
Individual Leaders: Isac Wallin, Keiser (-7)
Team Leader: Nova Southeastern (-7)
Course: Championsgate, Fla. | Championsgate Golf Club | Par – 72 | Yardage – 6865
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Results

How it Happened
Michael Hay maintained his solid performance from the first two rounds of the tournament, beginning the final round with three birdies and five pars in the first eight holes. Hay ended the round with five consecutive pars, finishing the day in a tie for second place at six-under.

Joseba Torres also enjoyed a strong performance in the final round. He notched pars on each of his first six holes, before adding a birdie on the eighth. Torres bogeyed each end of the turn, but responded with six consecutive pars. Torres ended his tournament at one-under and in a tie for tenth place.

Ivan Ponsdomenech, Will McGhie and Jorge Berea each ended the tournament at two-over and in a tie for 16th place. Ponsdomenech recorded four birdies in the final round, while McGhie parred 15-of-18 holes and Berea tallied three birdies.

George Mills tallied three birdies and an eagle on Tuesday, ending his tournament at nine-over.

What's Next
The Sharks have concluded their fall schedule and will return to the course in February 2024. To stay up-to-date on NSU Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf.  
 

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Hay atop Leaderboard, Sharks in Second Place at Citrus Intercollegiate Invitational

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team began play at the Citrus Intercollegiate Invitational on Monday. The Sharks ended the first two rounds of the tournament are in second-place, shooting five-under as a team, while Michael Hay (-6) is tied for first.

Breakdown
Individual Leaders: Isac Wallin (Keiser), Michael Hay (Nova Southeastern), -6
Team Leader: Tampa (-10)
Course: Championsgate, Fla. | Championsgate Golf Club | Par – 72 | Yardage – 6865
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How it Happened
Michael Hay got off to a terrific start in the Sharks final tournament of the fall, parring his first five holes before adding a pair of birdies. Hay tallied two more birdies on the back-nine, finishing his first round at -2. In his second round, Hay birdied three holes on the front-nine, before shooting a bogey-free back-nine, ending his day in a tie for first place.

Joseba Torres also started out extremely well, shooting a bogey-free front-nine in his first round with three birdies. Torres parred each of his final five holes, ending the round at -1. In the second round, Torres recorded 14 pars and a pair of birdies, ending the day tied for eighth at one-under.

Jorge Berea finished his first round at one-over, tallying four birdies. Berea birdied three holes on the front-nine in his second-round, before ending the afternoon with 11 consecutive pars, finishing the day at an even-par and tied for 17th.

Will McGhie, ended the round tied with his teammate Berea, recorded ten birdies across both rounds on Monday, including birdieing three consecutive holes to close out the front-nine in his second round. McGhie ended the day with a bogey-free back-nine.

Ivan Pondomenech closed out Mondays action at two-over, recording four birdies in his first round. The freshman shot a bogey-free front-nine in his second round, tallying three
birdies.

What's Next
Nova Southeastern closes out its fall schedule with the final round from the Citrus Intercollegiate Invitational, on Tuesday morning. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf.
 

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NSU Finishes Play at Copperhead Championship

INNISBROOK, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team wrapped up action at the Copperhead Championship on Tuesday. NSU (+23) placed ninth in the 16-team field with Joseba Torres (-2) pacing the Sharks with a top-five finish. 

Breakdown
Team Leader: Lee (+1)
Individual Leader: Oliver Lewis-Perkins, Lee (-11)
Location: Innisbrook Resort | 7209 Yards | Par 71
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How it Happened
Joseba Torres, beginning his final round on the seventh-hole, bogeyed both seven and nine before making the turn. Torres followed with five consecutive pars and added a birdie on the 17th hole before taking on the front-nine. Torres birdied the second and third holes, before closing out his round with another birdie. 

Michael Hay and Ivan Ponsdomenech both ended the tournament tied for 29th, finishing the tournament at +7. On the day, Hay tallied three birdies and seven pars, while Ponsdomenech added one birdie and parred 13 holes.

Will McGhie (+13) parred the first seven holes in his final round and notched an eagle on the hole one. 

Christian Munoz (+18) recorded ten pars and a pair of birdies in the final round. 

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NSU Men’s Golf Ranked 5th in NCAA Division II

NORMAN, Okla. – The second Bushnell/Golfweek NCAA Division II Coaches Poll of the 2023-24 season has been released and the reigning national champion Nova Southeastern Sharks are ranked fifth in the nation. NSU is also the highest ranked Sunshine State Conference program and is one of five-teams to receive a first-place vote. 

Through the first two tournaments of the season, the Sharks have recorded a pair of top-10 finishes, placing third in the 2023 National Preview in mid-September and 8th at the Shark Invitational earlier this week.  

Full rankings here

Nova Southeastern returns to the course on Monday, October 23, competing in the Copperhead Championships at Innisbrook in Pensacola, Fla. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_MGolf.  

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NSU Finishes 8th at Shark Invitational

DAVIE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team wrapped up the second and third round of the NSU Shark Invitational on Tuesday evening. At the conclusion of the Shark Invitational, the Sharks (+30) finished in 8th place. Mike Hay (+3) finished the Invitational tied for 13th place.

Breakdown
Individual Winner – Enzo Barbaglia, Saint Leo (-7)
Team Winner – Florida Southern (+3)
Location – Grande Oaks Golf Club | Par – 71 | 6731 Yards
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Results

How it Happened
ROUND TWO

Christian Munoz ended round two as the best performer for the Sharks, finishing at (+1). Munoz had a strong back-nine, which featured two birdies as well as an eagle.

Bouncing back from the front-nine, Will McGhie hit a (-2) on the back-nine thanks to three birdies and one bogey. McGhie closed the round at (+2).

Ivan Ponsdomenech ended the round at (+2).

Mike Hay opened round two with thirteen consecutive pars. After a few bogeys, Hay wrapped up the round with another par, finishing the round at (+3).

George Mills bounced back from a tough front-nine, with an even-par back-nine. Mills finished the round (+5).

Joesba Torres (+5), Aidan Millham (+5), James Humphries (+5), and Jorge Berea (+9) also represented the Sharks.

How it Happened
ROUND THREE

After finishing the front-nine at (+1), Mike Hay closed the back-nine at even-par after two birdies and two bogeys, wrapping up the final round at (+1), tied for 13th.

Christian Munoz had a strong round two, finishing the front-nine with two birdies and (-1), then closing the back-nine at even-par, giving him (-1) at the close of the final round. Munoz finished the Invitational tied for 17th.

Will McGhie, playing as an individual, ended his final round with a total of two birdies and four bogeys, leaving him sitting at (+2) after an even-par back-nine, ending the Invitational tied for 17th.

After parring his first hole of the round, Joseba Torres had back-to-back birdies. Torres finished the round with six total birdies, and four bogeys, leaving him at even-par at the end of the round, finishing the Invitational tied for 38th.

Aidan Millham and Jorge Berea ended the final round at (+3).

Ivan Ponsdomnech (+5), George Mills (+6), and James Humphries (+6) also represented the Sharks.

What's Next

Next up for the Sharks is the Copperhead Championship at Innisbrook in Pensacola, Florida on October 23rd. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf.

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