MIAMI LAKES, Fla.--The SEU men's golf team finished in eighth place overall, Tuesday, in the Bobcat Spring Invitational, which was hosted by fellow Sun Conference school St. Thomas University, at Don Shula's Golf Club.
Southeastern fired a three round total of 917 (308-300-309), placing two strokes behind Savannah College of Art & Design (322-292-301-915), and just one shot ahead of Thomas University (308-301-309-918).
USC-Beaufort won the tournament with an 885 (294-296-295), ending four strokes better than Johnson & Wales (294-298-297-889) and St. Thomas (299-290-300-889).
The Fire opened the tournament with a 308, and was led by Drew Mathews' opening 74. Freshman, Gabriel Gomez, shot a 77 while senior Chris Burke ended with a 78.
In round two, SEU played their best round of the tournament, posting a 300. Isaac Spencer rebounded from a first round, 79, to fire a one over par, 73. Mathews also posted a 73, and sat in fifth place overall after the first two rounds of the tournament. Burke also improved on his first round, shooting a 75 while Matthew Jenkinson and Gomez ended with 79.
But, the Fire could not build on the momentum of their solid second round showing, as they shot a 309 in the final round to fall out of contention. Spencer once again shot a 73, and ended the tournament tying for 13th place, at 225. Mathews fell back to 22nd place after shooting a final round 80. Burke, shot a 78 and ended the tournament in 36th place overall, at 231. Jenkinson placed 47th at 237, while Gomez finished in a tie for 53rd place at 242.
Individually, Nick Soglanich (JWU) and Omar Tejeira (STU) tied for the tournament championship at two over 218. SCAD's Greg Richards finished in third place at 219, as he shot an final round 72.
However, the round of the tournament came from former Fire standout, Sean Metcalf, who now competes for SCAD. Metcalf shot a second round, 69, which included a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. He finished tied for 13th place overall at 225 (83-69-73).
Up next for Southeastern, the 2011 Sun Conference Tournament, which will take place April 18-19, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.