Improved Play Lifts Sharks into Tie for 13th at Southeastern Collegiate

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Led by junior Tomas Millet’s notable effort, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team trimmed 11 strokes off its performance from Sunday, recording a second-round score of (+6) 294 to move into a share of 13th at the Southeastern Collegiate.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: T-13th of 18 Teams
Tournament Leader: West Florida
Location: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club | Valdosta, Ga.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,365
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • No. 14 West Florida (-1) took over the top spot on the leaderboard thanks to a round of four-over par on Monday. The Argonauts have little margin for error, though, as No. 16 Saint Leo (E) sits just one shot of the pace, with top-ranked Georgia Southwestern (+1) a mere two back.
  • No. 6 Columbus State remains within striking distance in fourth at five-over par, while No. 2 Barry rounds out the Top-5 at seven-over par.
  • Georgia Southwestern’s Vincent Norrman remains the individual leader through 36 holes at six-under par, two shots in front of West Florida’s Harry Butler (-4).
  • Millet carded a round of (+6) 78 to begin the tournament on Sunday, yet found his rhythm in the second round – especially on the front nine. Opening on the back, the Spaniard shot one-over par through the first nine holes before rattling off a bogey-free (-4) 32 on the front en route to a round of (-3) 69. Millet’s 50-place improvement now lands him in a tie for 24th at three-over par for the tournament.
  • Mike Hay played a clean back nine in the morning, registering a bogey-free 34. The freshman ran into a bit of trouble on the front, though, with four straight bogeys to finish the day with a round of (+2) 74. Now five-over par through two rounds, Hay stands tied for 40th.
  • Following an opening-round 77, Emanuel Olofsson sliced off three shots on his score in Monday’s round, landing the freshman in a tie for 57th at seven-over par.
  • One shot behind Olofsson is Daniel Celestino, who currently owns a share of 61st, while Victor Jimenez will head into the final round tied for 71st at 11-over par.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • Millet’s combined seven birdies leads the team through the first two rounds.
  • Monday’s scoring average of 75.13 was 0.16 shots higher than round one.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Ten of the 18 teams competing this week currently rank among the nation’s Top-25, according to Golfstat.

UP NEXT:
Playing alongside Georgia College and Limestone, NSU will tee off the final round from Kinderlou Forest Golf Club on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. For coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Round One in the Books at the Southeastern Collegiate

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Nova Southeastern men’s golf team returned to competition for the first time in nearly two weeks Sunday, posting a collective score of (+17) 305 to finish round one of the Southeastern Collegiate currently tied for 16th overall.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: T-16th of 18 teams
Tournament Leader(s): Georgia Southwestern/West Florida
Location: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club | Valdosta, Ga.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,365
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The lone pair of teams to post red numbers on Sunday, top-ranked Georgia Southwestern and No. 14 West Florida each hold the 18-hole lead thanks to rounds of (-5) 283.
  • At one-over par, No.16 Saint Leo currently sits in third, while No. 6 Columbus State (+2) and No. 5 Lincoln Memorial (+4) round out the Top-5 of the leaderboard.
  • The nation’s No. 1 player in Georgia Southwestern’s Vincent Norrman backed up the ranking with his play in round one, jumping out to a one-shot advantage over Harry Butler of West Florida and Saint Leo’s Kevin Johnson at five-under par.
  • With the Sharks teeing off the first round on the back nine, sophomore Daniel Celestino started slowly through the opening five holes of the morning. The Brazilian would settle in, though, with four straight pars to close out the back before recording three birdies on the front, his final coming on No. 9, to conclude the day in 41st at three-over par.
  • Although his round was a little less entertaining, freshman Mike Hay matched Celestino with his own round of (+3) 75.  
  • Fellow freshman Emanuel Olofsson tallied 13 pars en route an opening-round effort of (+5) 77, good enough for a share of 68th.
  • Both Victor Jimenez and Tomas Millet, currently six-over par, will head into round two tied for 74th.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • NSU’s combined 58 pars in round one rank tied for fifth-most.
  • The average score in the opening round was 74.97.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Ten of the 18 teams competing this week currently rank among the nation’s Top-25, according to Golfstat.

UP NEXT:
Grouped with Flagler and Valdosta State, NSU will look to climb the leaderboard when round two tees off Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. For coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 
 

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Millet Earns First Career SSC Player of the Week Award

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Becoming the first Nova Southeastern men’s golfer to earn the award since Apr. 1, 2019, junior Tomas Millet has been named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday evening.

The accolade marks the first of Millet’s career.

Trailing by two shots with two holes to play, the Spaniard finished birdie-par to overcome Saint Leo’s Alberto Castagnara by one stroke en route to his first career victory last Tuesday at the Saint Leo Invitational. Millet fired a two-under par 70 during the final round, ultimately posting a 54-hole score of eight-under par, while Nova Southeastern collectively finished third among the field’s 12 teams. Millet individually led all players in Par-4 scoring average (3.90). His win is the first by an NSU player since Juan Jose Guerra took home the Southeastern Collegiate title on Mar. 12, 2019.

Millet and the Sharks will return to competition this Sunday for the opening round of the Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by Valdosta State. For tournament coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.  

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Millet Rises to Occasion to Clinch First Career Win

DADE CITY, Fla. – Trailing by two shots with two holes to play, junior Tomas Millet finished birdie-par to overcome Saint Leo’s Alberto Castagnara by one stroke en route to his first career victory on Tuesday at the Saint Leo Invitational. Millet fired a two-under par 70 for the second consecutive round, ultimately posting a 54-hole score of eight-under par, while Nova Southeastern collective earned third among the field’s 12 teams.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 3rd of 12 teams
Tournament Champion: Saint Leo
Location: Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club | Dade City, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,153
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Overall as a team, the Sharks weren’t quite able to carry Monday’s rhythm into Tuesday. Despite entering the morning with a four-shot cushion, head coach Joey Marino‘s bunch carded a final-round score of (+14) 302 to wind up in third at seven-over par for the tournament.
  • Like NSU, the remainder of the field also took a step back on Tuesday, although host Saint Leo (+3) managed to hold off Keiser (+4) by one stroke to collect the team trophy.
  • Valdosta State captured fourth with a final score of 13-over par, while Lee rounded out the Top-5 at 14-over par.
  • Facing a two-stroke deficit to begin the final round, Millet opened with a pair of birdies over his first six holes. Back-to-back bogeys on No. 7 and No. 8 could’ve been the start of a downward trend. However, the Spaniard to respond with two straight pars on No. 9 and No. 10 before sinking two more birdies on No. 11 and No. 13. Following a par on No. 16, Millet still trailed Castagnara by two shots. He proved up to the challenge, though, and birdied No. 17 to go along with a par on No. 18, as his opponent slipped up with consecutive bogeys down the stretch to allow for the come-from-behind win.
  • Victor Jimenez finished on a high note by birdieing No. 18, yet likely would’ve liked a few holes back during his final-round 78. The effort came one day after posting rounds of 72 and 71, landing him in a tie for 15th on the leaderboard.
  • Following an up-and-down front nine, freshman Emanuel Olofsson settled in nicely by playing even-par golf on the back. His second round of 76 on the week moved him into a tie for 21st with a final score of seven-over par.
  • Identical to Jimenez, Mike Hay and George Mills also posted rounds of (+6) 78 on Tuesday. Hay’s performance pushed him to 10-over par for the tournament and in a tie for 31st, while Mills closed out play in 53rd at 18-over par overall.
  • Competing as an individual this week, Jonny Cachon placed 75th.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • The Sharks topped the field this week in Par-4 scoring average (4.09).
  • Millet, meanwhile, individually led all players in Par-4 scoring average (3.90).
  • NSU’s 48 combined birdies throughout the tournament ranked third most.
  • Scoring conditions played over three strokes tougher in the final round (78.32) as compared to round two (75.23).

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Millet’s win marks the first by an NSU player since Juan Jose Guerra took home the Southeastern Collegiate title on Mar. 12, 2019.
  • Prior to Tuesday, Millet had failed to finish better than tied for 37th in three previous tournament appearances in 2019-20.
  • The Sharks finished ahead of two NCAA Division I programs in Bethune-Cookman and Monmouth in the standings.

UP NEXT:
NSU will have over a week away from competition before returning to the course Sun., Mar. 8 for the start of the Southeastern Collegiate, held at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 
 

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Notable Second Round Lifts Sharks into 36-Hole Lead at Saint Leo Invitational

DADE CITY, Fla. – Guided by the play of Tomas Millet and Victor Jimenez, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team turned in an impressive second-round performance to grab the 36-hole lead at the Saint Leo Invitational. Both juniors are currently among the field’s Top-10, while the Sharks sit atop the leaderboard by four strokes.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 1st of 12 teams
Tournament Leader: Nova Southeastern
Location: Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club | Dade City, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,153
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Sharks were only scratching the surface following a round of (+1) 289 to open the day before adding an impressive second-round score of (-8) 280 to remain ahead of host Saint Leo (-3) by four shots. At one-under par, Keiser has a hold of third, with Lee (+1) and Valdosta State (+5) making up the rest of the Top-5.
  • The birdies were falling left and right for Millet on Monday. Outside of a bogey on No. 1, the Spaniard was nearly perfect in round one on his way to posting a (-4) 68. Millet racked up five more birdies in round two, and even drained an eagle on the Par-5 ninth, finishing the second round with a score of (-2) 70. At six-under par for the tournament, he stands two back of leader Alberto Castagnara of Saint Leo in third overall.
  • Playing the final eight holes at two-under par, Jimenez carded an even-par 72 in the morning. The junior carried the momentum into a strong start to round two before tacking on a 71 to close the day at one-under par for the tournament and in a tie for eighth.
  • Freshman Emanuel Olofsson shrugged off an opening-round 76 by responding with a one-under par afternoon to wind up tied for 23rd for three-over par.
  • The biggest bounce-back effort belonged to Mike Hay, though, as the freshman pushed aside an 80 in round one by firing a second-round 68 to climb back into a tie for 31st. Teeing off on No. 6 in round two, Hay bogeyed his second hole, yet would play bogey free the rest of the way while notching five birdies.
  • At 12-over par, George Mills owns a share of 55th, with Jonny Cachon tied for 68th while participating this week as an individual.

STATS OF THE DAY:

  • Through two rounds, the Sharks lead the tournament in Par-4 scoring average (4.01).
  • NSU racked up a collective 35 birdies on Monday.
  • Round two (75.25) played over a stroke easier than round one (76.34).

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Millet and Jimenez are two of just 13 players currently in red numbers.

UP NEXT:
Grouped with Saint Leo and Keiser, NSU will look to hold off the field when the final round tees off at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday. For coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 

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NSU Finishes 11th in Season-Opening Tournament

LAKELAND, Fla. – As a team, Nova Southeastern shot a collective (+18) 306 on Tuesday to finish in 11th at the season-opening Matlock Collegiate Classic with an overall score of (+41) 905. George Mills paced the Sharks’ lineup by earning a share of 21st, while fellow freshman Emanuel Olofsson tied for 28th.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 11th of 15 teams
Tournament Champion: Columbus State
Location: Lone Palm Golf Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,065
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Columbus State completed the wire-to-wire win on Tuesday, running away from the field by 17 shots with a 54-hole score of (-6) 858.
  • Florida Tech (+11) edged out host Florida Southern (+13) by two strokes to finish runner-up, with both Lynn and West Florida tying for fourth at 14-over par.
  • Florida Tech’s Max O’Hagan was impressive throughout the tournament, and took home individualist medalist honors after finishing at 14-under par, nine shots clear of Columbus State’s Jordan Doull.
  • Mills proved relatively consistent on both Monday and Tuesday, adding a (+1) 73 to his pair of 75’s to round out the week at seven-over par.
  • Olofsson concluded play one shot behind Mills at eight-over par, followed by both Daniel Celestino and Tomas Millet, who each tied for 47th at 13-over par.
  • Jonny Cachon rounded out the NSU lineup tied for 79th.
  • Participating as an individual, freshman Jamie Markwick finished play at 22-over par, good enough for a tie for 68th overall.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Just one day after teammate Kevin Johnson sunk a hole-in-one, Saint Leo’s Oliver Lilliedahl holed out on the Par-3 6th, becoming only the third player to record a hole-in-one in the tournament’s 39-year history.  

UP NEXT:
The Sharks will return to competition on Feb. 24-25 at the Saint Leo Invitational, held at Lake Jovita Golf & Club in Dade City, Fla. For coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 

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Sharks Open Matlock Collegiate Classic Tied for Eighth

LAKELAND, Fla. – Following a tough start to the season’s opening tournament, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team righted the ship late in the day to move into a share of eighth at the Matlock Collegiate Classic. The Sharks carded a team total of (+20) 308 in round one, yet responded with a score of (+3) 291 in round two to climb back into the thick of the leaderboard.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: T-8th of 15 teams
Tournament Leader: Columbus State
Location: Lone Palm Golf Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,065
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_MGolf | Instagram – @NSU_MGolf | Facebook – /NSUGolfTeam

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Identical rounds of (+1) 289 have Columbus State out in front by eight strokes over host Florida Southern (+10).
  • Florida Tech (+11) trails the Moccasins by just one shot to own sole possession of third, while West Florida (+15) and Lynn (+17) round out the Top-5 of the leaderboard.
  • Florida Tech’s Max O’Hagan was the lone player to post two rounds in red numbers on Monday. At nine-under par, O’Hagan currently leads Jordan Doull of Columbus State by five shots.
  • It was a tale of two rounds for NSU freshman Emanuel Olofsson. After recording an opening-round of (+8) 80, Olofsson battled back to fire a round of (-3) 69 in the afternoon to move into a tie for 19th.
  • Olofsson is joined alongside by teammate Tomas Millet in 19th after the junior registered rounds of 76 and 73.
  • Back-to-back rounds of 75 have freshman George Mills tied for 25th at six-over par.
  • Daniel Celestino sits tied for 36th at seven-over par, with Jonny Cachon in 81st overall.
  • Participating as an individual, freshman Jamie Markwick finished the day tied for 47th following rounds of (+4) 76 and (+5) 77.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Saint Leo’s Kevin Johnson drained a hole-in-one in the second round on hole No. 13, marking just the second hole-in-one in the 39 years of the tournament.

UP NEXT:
The Sharks will hope to build off their second-round momentum when play resumes Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. For coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MGolf.
 

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