April 7, 2003
Franklin, TN. - The men's golf team of Florida Atlantic University could do no wrong Monday afternoon as the team shot a first round score of 284, the lowest team round this spring, to finish in second place at the Belmont Invitational hosted by Belmont University at the Legends Club. Matt Anderson finished the day in second place, trailing the leader by only one-stroke, with Joel Gibbons not far behind in a tie for sixth on the par 71, 6846-yard course.
Anderson, a senior from Tallahassee, FL, shot his lowest round of the spring with a 67 to go four-under par. Anderson has finished the first round in the top three, three times this spring. Gibbons, a sophomore transfer from Colorado State, had his best round of the spring, shooting a two-under par 69. Gibbons fired a 35 on the front nine and a 34 on the back. Anderson and Gibbons weren't the only ones having their best day; Scott Kennedy finished the day two-over par with a 73, his best score of the semester. Mike Cleary opened his first collegiate tournament for FAU with a 75 while Nicolai Syvertsen finished with a 76. All five Owls are in the top-50 of the 105-player competition.
FAU is only three strokes behind leader Mercer University (281) and holds a one-stroke lead over Jacksonville State University (285). Austin Peay State (287) and host Belmont (288) round out the top five. Four of the top five spots are occupied by Atlantic Sun Conference schools.
The second round was cut short due to darkness and will be resumed at 7:00 am CDT. The final round of the Belmont Invitational will start approximately at 8:30 am CDT.