Eastern Florida State Golfers Continue Active Summer
By Mark DeCotis // July 28, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Competition continues for Eastern Florida’s golfers.
Fresh off 72 holes in the U.S. Southern Amateur in West Point, Mississippi, rising sophomore Mickey DeMorat is scheduled to play in the Aug. 6-9 Florida Amateur Match Play Golf Championship at Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta.
DeMorat finished the Southern Amateur on July 18 with a 69 for a 4-under-par total of 280, just off the leaderboard. Taylor Funk of Ponte Vedra, Florida won with 273.
The match play format in Tequesta calls for 18 holes of individual stroke play on Aug. 6 to determine seeds in the round of 64; the single elimination round of 64 match play on the morning of Aug. 7; the round of 32 the afternoon of Aug. 7; the round of 16 on Saturday morning Aug. 8 followed by quarterfinals that afternoon. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday morning Aug. 9 and the finals that afternoon.
In June, DeMorat tied for fourth in the 98th Florida Amateur Men’s Championship in Ocala, giving him automatic entry into the Match Play Championship.
EFSC teammate and graduate Drew Cooke tied for seventh and rising sophomore Kerry Sweeney tied for 18th.
Sweeney has received an invitation to play in the Patriot All-American at the Wigwam in Arizona on Dec. 27-31.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament will be contested by current male NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA All-Americas.
Meanwhile former EFSC golfer Lorenzo Bolivar signed to play at Sterling College, an NAIA institution in Sterling, Kansas.
“Lorenzo Bolivar will bring a wealth of experience to Sterling’s program and instantly increase their competitive capability,” said head coach Jamie Howell.
Eastern Florida made its 13th consecutive NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance in the spring, finishing second. DeMorat and Sweeney finished tied for second and Drew Cooke tied for 13th. All three earned NJCAA first-team All-America honors.
Sweeney also was a PING first-team All-America and won the Phil Mickelson award as the NJCAA’s top freshman and the Nicklaus Award as the NJCAA’s top overall golfer.
Eastern Florida won its second District 4 championship in three seasons and went into the national tournament ranked No. 1 nationally by Golfstat.com and No. 2 by the NJCAA.
Howell earned the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride Grips as the top coach in NJCAA Division I.
Eastern Florida begins fall practice on Aug. 17 and plays it first fall event Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Wallace State Fall Invitational in Cullman, Alabama.