LAKELAND, Fla. (February 13, 2018) – Rollins posted its best score of the tournament on Tuesday and jumped three spots into a tie for fifth to finish the Matlock Collegiate Classic.
The 14th-ranked Tars shot came into the day eighth and three-under par after the first two rounds (284-289). They came back with a seven-under 281 on Tuesday to tie fifth-ranked Florida Tech with 10-under scores of 854.
Florida Southern served as the event's host at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland. The second-ranked Mocs won the tournament with a 29-under score of 835 while 23rd-ranked Barry took second (-23). Top ranked West Florida (-20) was third and third-ranked Nova Southeastern (-15) was fourth. The Tars finished ahead of fourth-ranked Lynn, 11th-ranked Saint Leo and 12th-ranked Columbus State.
Sam Grindle led the way for the Tars with, finishing in seventh place. The junior was spectacular in the first event of the spring, posting an eight-under score of 208 (66-73-69). After starting Tuesday's final round with a bogey, he stayed out of trouble the rest of the way with 13 pars and four birdies. The event marks the first time in Grindle's career with two rounds in the 60's and fifth-time par or better.
Barry Babbitt climbed eight places on the leaderboard and finished ninth. The senior was two-under after rounds of 72-70 on Monday and fired a four-under 68 Tuesday to finish the tournament six-under (210). His final round featured four birdies to just one bogey.
Morgan Egloff also made a big jump on Tuesday and tied for 22nd. He turned in scores of 73-72 on Monday, followed by a strong two-under 70 in the final round to finish with a one-under score of 215.
FSC's John Coultas won the event with a 15-under score of 201 (65-70-66). Jorge Garcia and Niclas Weiland, both of Barry, tied for second (-11).
Rollins is back on the course March 11-12 at the Southeastern Intercollegiate, hosted by Valdosta State at Kinderlou Forest.
DAY 1 RECAP:
LAKELAND, Fla. (February 12, 2018) – Rollins men's golf opened the spring season in a solid eighth place after day one of the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday.
The 14th-ranked Tars posted scores of 284-289 to sit three-under for the tournament. Host second-ranked Florida Southern is running way from the field, putting up a 20-under first day with rounds of 280-276. Barry is at 15-under in second place while third-ranked Nova Southeastern (-12) and No. 1 ranked West Florida (-11) are still within striking distance of FSC.
Sam Grindle leads Rollins in a tie for seventh with a five-under score of 139. The junior opened with a career-low round of 66 in the morning. He was bogey free in the first round, highlighted by four birdies on the back and two more on the front. In the afternoon, Grindle carded a one-over 72 with two birdies and three bogeys.
Barry Babbitt is tied for 17th with a two-under 142. He shot an even-par 72 over the first round, going one-over at the turn and getting a birdie on the par-5 second hole before closing the round par-par. Babbitt again dominated No. 2 in the round with an eagle-3 on the hole.
Morgan Egloff is tied for 31st with scores of 73-72 on the day for a one-over 145.
Rollins will finish the Matlock Collegiate Classic at Lone Palm Golf Club on Monday with a final 18 holes. The Tars are playing with Columbus State and Valdosta, teeing off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.