Feb. 21, 2003
Tampa, FL. - Florida Atlantic University's Matt Anderson shot a tournament low 2-under par 69 to finish up tied for first place in the first round of the 2003 USF Invitational held at the University of South Florida Golf Course. The Owls shot a team round of 304 on the 6830-yard par 71 course to finish the day in a tie for sixth place with Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Central Florida.
Anderson, who finished second at the Stetson Spring Invitational, opened up the front nine shooting a 37 but came on strong on the back nine to fire an impressive 32 to end the day. Scott Kennedy opened the day strong as the senior from Ontario, Canada shot a 37 to begin the day and finished with a solid 40 on the back to finish with a round of 77, good for 28th place. Sophomore Joel Gibbons and senior Nicolai Syvertsen both shot rounds of 79, while junior Michael Bailey shot an 84.
The University of South Alabama is the overall leader of the 15-team competition after the team posted a score of 287 on the first day. Jacksonville State (292), Arkansas State (296), Austin Peay State (300) and USF (302) round out the top five. FAU is 17 strokes behind South Alabama but only six strokes out of third place.
FAU continues its play at the USF Invitational Saturday, February 22, 2003.