Sharks Begin Play at the NCAA Men’s Golf South Super Regional Thursday

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Tournament: 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf South Super Regional
Dates: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7
Location: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club | Valdosta, Ga. 
Host: Valdosta State
Course Par/Yardage: Par 72 | 7,420 yards 
Format: 54-hole stroke play (18-18-18)
Live Scoring: Golfstat
Social Media: Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf

LINEUP (OPENING ROUND TEE TIMES)
No. 1 – Mike Hay (12:30 PM, Hole 1)
No. 2 – Javier Calles (12:20 PM, Hole 1)
No. 3 – Josep Serra (12:10 PM, Hole 1)
No. 4 – Emanuel Olofsson (12:00 PM, Hole 1)
No. 5 – Jonny Cachon (11:50 AM, Hole 1)

TEE OFF
The No. 13 Nova Southeastern men’s golf team will begin its push for the program’s third national title when the 2022 NCAA Division II South Super Regional begins Thursday morning in Valdosta, Ga.

FORMAT
The 2022 edition of the tournament will once again set up as three rounds of stroke play over the course of three days, with the tee times reshuffled according to team score following the conclusion of each round. The Top-6 teams in the 20-team field, along with the Top-2 individuals on a non-advancing team, will qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship on May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Detroit, Mich.

THE FIELD (GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)
No. 1 Barry, No. 3 Lee, No. 4 Carson-Newman, No. 5 Lincoln Memorial, No. 6 South Carolina-Aiken, No. 8 North Georgia, No. 9 Georgia Southwestern, No. 10 Limestone, No. 11 West Florida, No. 13 Nova Southeastern, No. 15 Florida Southern, No. 17 Barton College, No. 19 Columbus State, No. 22 Saint Leo, No. 23 Lynn, No. 24 Queens (N.C.), No. 28 West Georgia, No. 33 Delta State, No. 50 King, Spring Hill.

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS
Ian Aldarondo, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Mauro Baez, Flagler
Tom Bueschges, Newberry
Alberto Dominguez, Erskine
Wesley Hanson, Valdosta State
Maxime Legros, Lander
Jordan Logue, Mississippi College
Andrew Riley, Palm Beach Atlantic

NSU IN THE RANKINGS
The Sharks have hovered around the Top-10 of the Golfstat poll throughout the entire season and enter regional play currently No. 13 in Division II.

Player Rankings
Mike Hay – No. 23
Javier Calles – No. 35
Josep Serra – No. 51
Emanuel Olofsson – No. 67
Jonny Cachon – No. 114

LAST TIME OUT
The Sharks fired a collective eight-under par in the final round to capture third at the 2022 Sunshine State Conference Championship on Apr. 12.

NSU used the same lineup at the SSC Championship that it’ll roll out at this week’s regional, as Mike Hay led the way with a tie for sixth on the leaderboard. Emanuel Olofsson earned a share of ninth, while Javier Calles tied for 14th. Jonny Cachon collected a tie for 26th, with Josep Serra placing tied for 36th.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Sharks last claimed the South Region crown back in 2015 before eventually going on to win the program’s second National Championship that same year.
 

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Serra’s Freshman of the Year Award Highlights Bevy of All-SSC Honors

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Becoming the program’s second consecutive and sixth overall all-time, Nova Southeastern men’s golfer Josep Serra was selected as the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. Serra follows up teammate Javier Calles, who won the award in 2021.

Serra was one of four NSU players to be recognized by the league, more than any other SSC program. On top of his Freshman of the Year honor, the Spaniard was also named to the All-SSC Second Team. Both Calles and Mike Hay landed on the All-SSC First Team for the first time in their careers, while Emanuel Olofsson garnered his first-career, All-SSC nod as a second-team member.

Voting for the All-SSC Men’s Golf Teams was conducted among the conference’s men’s golf coaches.

Competing in all 10 tournaments thus far in 2021-22, Serra has registered a scoring average of 72.53 across 30 rounds. He has notched four Top-10 finishes along the way, including a third-place finish at the Saint Leo Invitational, and rattled off 11 straight rounds of even-par or better as part of his 15 overall. According to Golfstat, Serra ranks as the No. 51 player in NCAA Division II.

Hay has led the way for the Sharks with a team-best scoring average of 71.43 while participating in all 10 tournaments this year. Among the 10 events, he has tallied nine Top-20 finishes, five of which have also been within the Top-10. Hay collected a third-place tie at Florida Southern’s Matlock Collegiate Classic and recently tied for sixth at the SSC Championship. He has racked up 18 rounds of even-par or better and is currently ranked No. 23 in the national player rankings.  

Calles checks in with the second-highest ranking of any NSU player at No. 35, having posted a scoring average of 71.57 over the course of 30 rounds. The sophomore picked up a pair of wins at the Miami Collegiate and at Rollins’ McDonough Cup that resulted in consecutive SSC Player of the Week awards. He also placed third at Florida Tech’s Panther Invitational and has totaled 19 rounds at even-par of better, including a season-low of (-7) 65.

Olofsson, meanwhile, has earned Top-10 finishes in half of his eight tournament starts, including back-to-back in NSU’s two most recent events. He has tallied 11 rounds of par or better and owns a scoring average of 72.13 that has propelled him to a national ranking of No. 67.

Barry’s AJ Ewart and Jimmy Stobs earned SSC Men’s Golfer of the Year and SSC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.  

For a complete list of the 2022 All-SSC Men’s Golf awards, click here.

NSU will open play at the NCAA South Super Regional in Valdosta, Ga. on May 5. For coverage, visit NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Sharks Earn NCAA Men’s Golf South/Southeast Regional Berth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second time in as many seasons under head coach Joey Marino, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team is headed back to an NCAA South/Southeast Regional after earning the No. 5 seed out of the South following the announcement of the 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships field on Friday.

The regional will be held at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga. from May 5-7.

“We’ve worked hard to get to this point and are excited for a chance to compete for a national title,” said Marino. “We gained some valuable postseason experience a year ago and hope that can help us take the next step here in a few weeks,”

Overall, a total of 80 teams and 32 student-athletes competing as individuals have been selected to participate in regional competition.  

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes from a non-advancing team from each regional will advance to the finals on May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Detroit, Mich. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year’s head-to-head medal play portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven.

The Sharks are joined by Barry, Florida Southern, Saint Leo and Lynn as the representatives from the Sunshine State Conference to make the field. Barry earned the region’s top seed as the automatic qualifier out of the SSC, while Lee landed the No. 2 seed as the automatic bid out of the Gulf South Conference.

NSU last won the national championship in 2015.
 
To stay up-to-date with NSU throughout the postseason, visit NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter and Instagram at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Eight-Under Par Final Round Lands Sharks Third-Place Finish at SSC Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. – The trio consisting of Mike Hay, Emanuel Olofsson and Jonny Cachon each posted red numbers in Tuesday’s final round, as the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team used a collective (-8) 280 to capture a third-place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championship. The Sharks concluded the week at four-under par as a group.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 3rd of 11 Teams
Tournament Champion: Barry
Location: Grasslands Golf and Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,161
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • During rounds one and two, there had been a combined three team rounds under-par posted. However, the birdies were falling left and right throughout Tuesday’s final round, as seven of the field’s 11 teams shot under-par.
  • While NSU carded an eight-under par round, Barry rattled off an 18-under par performance to run away with the team title by 13 shots. The Buccaneers earned the win with a 54-hole score of (-20) 844 – 13 strokes better than runner-up Florida Southern.
  • Saint Leo finished in fourth at three-under par, with Lynn rounding out the Top-5 on the leaderboard at even-par.
  • Hay set the tone early with an eagle on the Par-5 2nd en route to a final round of (-4) 68. The effort guided Hay into a tie for sixth for the tournament at four-under par overall.
  • Olofsson crept into the Top-10, placing tied for ninth thanks to a final round of (-3) 69. The Swede played his final 15 holes on Tuesday at a bogey-free, three-under par to close out the week at two-under for the tourney.
  • A strong back nine propelled Javier Calles to his second straight round of even-par. Calles shot one-under for the tournament, good enough to earn a share of 14th.
  • Cachon went out in (-3) 33 before ultimately finishing with a (-1) 71 in the final round. Cachon wrapped up play at three-over par to take home a tie for 26th.
  • The Par-5 17th is one Josep Serra will thinking about for quite some time. The freshman had a round of five-under par going on Tuesday until he penciled in an 11 on the second-to-last hole. Still, Serra recorded a final round of (+1) 73, putting him at nine-over for the tournament and in a tie for 36th.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • The Sharks carded a combined four eagles throughout the tournament, two more than any other team in the field.
  • Calles led the team with 12 birdies during the week, while Olofsson finished with a close 11.
  • Tuesday’s final-round scoring average of 72.67 was nearly two strokes lower than Monday’s second-round average.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Barry’s Nicolas Quintero earned individual medalist honors after winning a four-hole playoff with a birdie on the 18th. Teammate AJ Ewart, who used a final-round, tournament record of (-8) 64 to force a playoff, tied for second along with Saint Leo’s Jake Nash.
  • This year marked the first time the SSC Championship had been held at Grasslands.

UP NEXT:
NSU will hope to hear its name called when the NCAA South Super Regional field is announced in the coming weeks. For postseason news and to stay up-to-date with the Sharks, visit NSUSharks.com or follow the them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Hay’s (-3) 69 Helps Keep NSU in Contention at SSC Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. – Keyed by Mike Hay’s round of (-3) 69 on Monday, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team pieced together an even-par effort to remain in contention following 36 holes of play at the Sunshine State Conference Championship. The Sharks finished the afternoon in fourth on the leaderboard at four-over par, still just six strokes back of Barry.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 4th of 11 Teams
Tournament Leader: Barry
Location: Grasslands Golf and Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,161
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

UP NEXT:
Grouped with Lynn and Rollins, the Sharks will attempt to overcome their six-shot deficit when they tee off the final round Tuesday morning at 9:40 a.m. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.

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Sharks Six Back Following Opening Round of SSC Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. – Following an opening round of (+4) 292, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team currently sits tied for fifth and six shots off the pace at the 2022 Sunshine State Conference Championship.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: T-5th of 11 Teams
Tournament Leader: Barry
Location: Grasslands Golf and Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,161
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Barry posted the lone red number of the day of (-2) 286 to jump out to an early three-stroke advantage over both Palm Beach Atlantic and Rollins.
  • Saint Leo currently owns sole possession of fourth at three-over par, with both NSU and Lynn locked into fifth at four-over.
  • An up-and-down (-1) 71 has the Sharks’ Javier Calles tied for sixth after round one. The sophomore birdied three of his first four holes before running into a bit of trouble in the middle of his round. Calles would close with a one-under effort over the final three holes, though, to close in red.
  • Emanuel Olofsson bounced back from consecutive bogeys on No. 13 and 14 with birdies on No. 15 and 18 to pencil in an even-par opening round. Olofsson currently owns a share of ninth.
  • Jonny Cachon had yet to record a bogey and sat at three-under par through the first 11 holes of the day. However, a tough finish would send Cachon into the clubhouse at two-over par and in a tie for 22nd.
  • Like Cachon, Mike Hay cooled off following a hot start to wrap up the afternoon with a (+3) 75.
  • Freshman Josep Serra shot an opening-round 78 to grab a share of 40th.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • Calles’ six birdies on Sunday ranked tied for second-most in the field.
  • Olofsson’s eagle on the Par-5 4th was one of five total in round one.
  • Sunday’s opening-round scoring average finished at 75.19.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Palm Beach Atlantic’s William Hartford currently leads the 55-player field after an opening round of (-6) 66. The six-under par score marks the best single-round performance at the SSC Championship since April 16, 2019.
  • NSU’s five SSC Championships rank tied for second all-time, yet the Sharks have failed to win the title since 2012.
  • This year marks the first time the SSC Championship has been held at Grasslands.

UP NEXT:
Grouped with Saint Leo and Lynn, the Sharks will tee off round two of the SSC Championship at 9:40 a.m. on Monday. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Olofsson, Hay Finish Top-10 as Sharks Take Second at The Battle at the Shores

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Paced by a quartet of one-over par rounds on Tuesday, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team earned a runner-up finish at The Battle at the Shores, hosted by Barry. The collective four-over par effort during the final round propelled the Sharks to a 54-hole total of (+7) 859, giving the nation’s 12th-ranked team a positive outlook entering next week’s Sunshine State Conference Championship.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 2nd of 16 Teams
Tournament Champion: Barry
Location: Normandy Shores Golf Club | Miami Beach, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 71/6,733
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Sharks distanced themselves from the rest of the pack on Tuesday, yet were unable to catch eventual tournament champion Barry, who wrapped up play with a 54-hole score of (-7) 845.
  • A dozen strokes behind NSU, Lynn claimed third while Tampa (+21) and Eastern Florida State (+22) rounded out the Top-5 of the leaderboard.
  • Emanuel Olofsson shrugged off a double-bogey on No. 1 to cap his final round at (+1) 72. The Swede led the Sharks throughout the tournament, finishing in a tie for fourth at even-par overall.
  • Mike Hay birdied three of his final seven holes of Tuesday’s round to earn himself a share of seventh on the leaderboard at two-over par for the week.
  • Matching 72s in the final round, along with matching 54-hole scores of (+4) 217 moved both Jonny Cachon and Javier Calles into ties for 13th.
  • Freshman Josep Serra finished just outside the Top-20, in a tie for 21st at six-over for the tournament.
  • Competing as an individual, Joseba Torres (+10) concluded play tied for 42nd.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • All five players in the NSU lineup recorded a birdie on the Par-5 18th Tuesday.
  • Cachon led the entire field in Par-5 scoring average (4.11).
  • Hay and Torres tied for a tournament-best with 42 combined pars.
  • Olofsson was one of four players this week to tally a tournament-high 12 birdies.
  • Olofsson’s Par-4 scoring average of 4.00 ranked tied for second among all players.
  • The final round conditions proved to be the toughest of the week with a scoring average of 76.06.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • The top-ranked player in the nation in Barry’s A.J. Ewart earned individual medalist honors, finishing at five-under par.

UP NEXT:
NSU will turn its attention to the SSC Championship, set to get underway this Sunday at the Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Sharks Nipping on the Heels of No. 1 Barry at The Battle at the Shores

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – In its final tune-up before next week’s Sunshine State Conference Championship, the No. 12 Nova Southeastern men’s golf team opened with a promising start through the first two rounds of The Battle at the Shores on Monday, finishing the afternoon in second on the leaderboard just five off the pace set by No. 1 Barry.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 2nd of 16 Teams
Tournament Leader: Barry
Location: Normandy Shores Golf Club | Miami Beach, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 71/6,733
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • On the Par-71 track, the Sharks posted rounds of (+6) 290 and (-3) 281 to put themselves in contention at three-over par overall with 18 holes remaining.
  • NSU only trails current leader Barry (-2) by five shots, while Eastern Florida State (+5) and Lynn (+7) also well in the thick of the tournament.
  • Junior Emanuel Olofsson led the way for the Sharks on Monday and is one of only nine players currently in red numbers at one-under par. The Swede shot (+1) 72 in the morning before tallying just one bogey in the second round en route to a (-2) 69.
  • Mike Hay recorded a bogey-free 70 in the second to move into a tie for 12th at one-over par for the tournament.
  • Identical rounds of (+1) 72 has freshman Josep Serra in a tie for 18th, with Javier Calles in a tie for 26th at three over-par.
  • A wild second round that featured a pair of eagles propelled Jonny Cachon to a score of 72 in the afternoon. Cachon began with a round of 73 in round one to also position himself in a tie for 26th on the leaderboard.
  • Competing as an individual this week, Joseba Torres currently owns a share of 43rd at seven-over par.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • NSU’s combined 125 pars and three eagles ranked tops in the field on Monday.
  • Cachon shot six-under par across all Par-5’s.
  • The scoring average through the first two rounds finished at 74.75.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Embry-Riddle’s Ian Aldarondo holds a one-shot lead over Barry’s Felipe Alvarez and Lynn’s Eloy Vigil at four-under par.

UP NEXT:
NSU will look to lock up its first tourney victory of the spring when the final round tees off Tuesday morning. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Bogey-Free 66 Propels Calles into Third-Place Finish

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Javier Calles made three straight birdies down the stretch en route to a bogey-free, final round of (-6) 66 to finish in sole possession of third at the Panther Invitational, hosted by Florida Tech. Calles’ 66 helped carry Nova Southeastern to a six-under round as a team on Tuesday, as the Sharks concluded play in fifth overall.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 5th of 15 Teams
Tournament Champion: Barry
Location: Duran Golf Club | Melbourne, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,874
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • If only the Sharks could’ve done away with their opening-round struggles, they would’ve found themselves in contention for a Top-2 finish. Still, despite the 22-over par start, NSU responded with rounds of (+3) and (-6) to climb into fifth at 19-over for the tournament.
  • Top-ranked Barry ran away with the tournament win, besting runner-up Eastern Florida State by 19 strokes with a final score of nine-under par. Keiser earned third place (+14), while South Carolina-Beaufort (+18) edged out the Sharks for fourth.
  • Calles finished as one of just five players in red numbers, closing the week with his best finish in three starts this spring.
  • A one-over par round on Tuesday moved Mike Hay into a tie for 14th on the final leaderboard. Hay finished the tournament with a 54-hole score of (+3) 219.
  • NSU needed just a bit more consistency throughout its lineup this week, though. Daniel Celestino earned a share of 38th, while Josep Serra and Joseba Torres finished tied for 49th and tied for 62nd, respectively. Serra and Torres each posted their best rounds of the tournament on Tuesday, shooting (-1) 71 and even-par 72.
  • Competing as an individual, Jamie Markwick collected a tie for 42nd.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • The course played nearly 200 yards shorter on Tuesday, resulting in the lowest scoring average of the tournament (75.06).

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Barry’s Felipe Alvarez beat out teammate AJ Ewart on the first playoff hole to earn individual medalist honors. Both players finished at eight-under par overall.

UP NEXT:
NSU will travel to Valdosta, Ga. for the Southeastern Collegiate, scheduled to tee off on Monday, Mar. 14. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf.

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Sharks End Second Round in Sixth at Panther Invitational

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s golf team dramatically improved its team performance, finding its stride in round two of the Panther Invitational from the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla. The Sharks currently sit in sixth place overall after climbing two spots following their collective three-over par performance Monday. Javier Calles and Mike Hay both made made significant moves up the leaderboard, firing a pair of (-1) 71s.   

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT 
Standings: 6th of 15 Teams 
Location: Duran Golf Club | Melbourne, Fla.  
Par/Yardage: 72/7051 
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • After a tough start to the tournament, where NSU posted an opening round of 22-over par, Calles and Hay led the way for the Sharks as they trimmed 19 strokes off Sunday’s score. 
  • NSU (+3) finished the afternoon tied for the third-lowest score of the day, trailing only Eastern Florida State (+2) and Barry (-1).  
  • Barry currently holds a 16-shot lead over second-place Eastern Florida State at one-under par for the tournament. 
  • Hay birdied two of the first three holes on the front nine and followed by recording birdies on both 10 and 11, to finish the day with a 71. He is currently tie for seventh overall. 
  • Calles also ended the second round under par, birdieing three on the front nine and two on the back, to close the day tied for 11th.
  • Daniel Celestino (T-35th) shot an even-par 72 for the afternoon, including a two-under effort on the front nine.  
  • Josep Serra and Joseba Torres find themselves tied for 62nd and tied for 70th, respectively. 
  • Competing as an individual, Jamie Markiwick owns sole possession of 37th at nine-over par for the tournament. 

UP NEXT 
Grouped with Lynn and South Carolina-Beaufort, NSU will tee off the final round of Florida Tech’s Panther Invitational Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. For coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MGolf. 

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