Feb. 20, 2004
Tampa, FL - Playing in its second tournament in three days, Florida Atlantic University's men's golf team opened the Dick Wittcoff/USF Invitational in third place. The Owls shot their lowest round of the spring season, 295, on the 6,830-yard, par 71 University of South Florida golf course. Torstein Nevestad, Tommy Suri and Michael Cleary all finished in the top-15, marking the first time this season three players have finished the first day of play in the top-15.
Nevestad, coming off of two consecutive sub-par rounds in the previous tournament, shot a team low round of 72 to finish in a tie for third. He trails the leader by six shots. Suri shot a career low 73 to finish in a tie for eighth while Cleary finished tied for 14th after a first round 74. Ben Gardner and Anibal Ochoa fired rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Cris Andersen shot a first round 81 as an unattached player.
The Owls trail host South Florida and Jacksonville State by five strokes. Virginia Commonwealth (296) and Florida Southern College (299) round out the top five. FAU is the only school representing the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Florida Atlantic begins play in the second round on Saturday, February 21.
Torstein Nevestad (38-34-72/T-3rd)
Tommy Suri (38-35-73/T-8th)
Michael Cleary (38-36-74/T-14th)
Ben Gardner (38-38-76/T-30th)
Anibal Ochoa (40-37-77/T-36th)
Cris Andersen (40-41-81/T-66th) *