Eastern Florida State Men’s Golf Team Places 16th at National Tournament at The Rawls Course in Texas
By Michael Parsons, Eastern Florida State College // May 14, 2021
Titans shot 301 in the final round
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team finished the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament with their best round of the tournament.
The Titans finished 16th overall after shooting a 301 in the final round Thursday at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.
Freshman Matt Gauntlett shot a 1-under 71 Thursday to finish tied for 52nd overall. Gauntlett was even on the front nine despite losing a tee shot on No. 4. He made the turn and birdied 11, 12, and 15 on the back nine to finish 1-under.
Teammate John Houchin shot a 74 in the final round, shooting 1-over on each the front and back nine. Houchin lowered his score in each of the four rounds of the national tournament to finish tied for 65th overall.
Pontus Tegner shot a 76 and finished tied for 62nd, while Drew Lanier and Brandon Boncore each shot 80. Lanier struggled with a bunker on 18 that spoiled a good round for the Maitland native. Boncore got off to a rough start but finished the final 12 holes 1-over.
“At times we played more as we have played during the season but we actually played better with the weather and I hate to say that, but the reality is we played better when it was warmer,” Eastern Florida State College men’s golf coach Jamie Howell said.
“At the very worst and the very best it is a learning experience for them. We just played 72 holes and this bunch is coming back next year and there is a fair chance they will be going to Odessa next spring so they can use this to help prepare for that tournament. This will sting for sure but at the same time you can always learn from it and move on.”
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