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Left to Right: Francisco de Oliviera; Lance Daniel; and Maddux Lytle
Men's Golf - Mon, Apr. 3, 2017

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Point University placed seventh in a field of 17 teams at the Golfweek NAIA Spring Invitational at the El Campeon Golf Course near Orlando, Fla., April 1-3.  Eighty-nine golfers completed three 18-hole rounds on the par 72, 6716-yard course.


Point scored a 54-hole total of 915, 51-over par, including four-player totals of 299 in the first round, 308 in the second round and another 308 in the third 18-hole round.  Point ranks number 18 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 and number 14 in the Bushnell Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll.  The field of 17 teams included nine schools that are ranked in the current NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 and eight that are ranked in the Bushnell Golfweek NAIA Coaches' Top 25.


Keiser University (Fla.), ranked fourth in both polls, won the team title with 900 strokes, just two strokes ahead of Webber International University (Fla.), ranked number 25 in the Golfweek poll.  With 903 strokes, one stroke short of second place, Johnson and Wales University (Fla.), ranked number six in both polls, tied for third place in the invitational with Dalton State University (Ga.), which ranks number three in both polls.  Coastal Georgia College, ranked number 21 in the NAIA and number 20 in the Golfweek poll, placed fifth with 909 strokes, and Southeastern University (Fla.), ranked number 11 in the NAIA poll, finished sixth with 914, just one stroke ahead of Point University's total of 915.


Carlos Andres Lara from St. Thomas University (Fla.) and Jake Bauer from Johnson and Wales tied for first place in the individual standings, each with three-over par, 54-hole totals of 219 strokes.  Lara fired rounds of 71, 75 and 73, and Bauer shot 74, 71 and 74.  Five others tied for third place with five-over par totals of 221.


Francisco de Oliveira (JR/Algarve, Portugal) from Point University, who has won three invitationals and earned conference and national Golfer of the Weeks honors in mid-March, shot a tournament-best round of 68 for the first 18-hole round and then scored a 77 and a 78 for a 54-hole total of 223, seven-over par, and finished in a three-way tie for seventh place among the 89 golfers.  De Oliviera led all golfers with 12 birdies.


Lance Daniel (SR/Manchester, GA) put together rounds of 77, an even-par 72, and 77 for a 54-hole total of 228, 12-over par, and tied for 15th place.  He shot 10 birdies among his 54 holes.  Connor Brown (SR/Bogart, GA) tied for 48th with rounds of 77, 80 and 77 for a total of 235, with nine birdies, and Maddux Lytle (JR/Newnan, GA) scored 77, 79 and 81 for a 54-hole total of 237 and tied for 59th.


Joao Pinto Basto (SO/Lisbon, Portugal) finished in a tie for 64th place with a 54-hole total of 239, 23 over par, but fired Point's best round on Monday with a 76 after scoring 83 and 80 in the first two rounds.


NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University men's golf team, coached by Steven Paine, competes next at the Appalachian Athletics Conference Spring Invitational at Elizabethton Golf Club in Elizabethton, Tennessee, April 10-11.