Nov. 9, 2004
DeLand, FL. - Torstein Naevestad won his second career tournament while the Florida Atlantic University men's golf team won its first tournament of the year and fifth in the program's history at the Golf Daytona Beach Invitational at Victoria Hills Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon. Four Owls finished in the top-16 as FAU registered its first victory since the team won at the same tournament in November 2002.
Trailing by one-stroke heading into the final day, Naevestad (Oslo, Norway) fired a tournament-low 69 on the 6,989-yard, par 72 course. For the tournament he finished with a two-under par 214. Over the last two tournaments, Naevestad has finished first and third with a scoring average of 70.83.
Michael Berger (Port St. Lucie, FL.) jumped 22 spots to finish ninth individually, his highest career finish, after shooting one-under par, the second-lowest score for the round. Marco Morales (Miami, FL.) dropped from sixth to 13th after shooting a third-round 81 while Ben Gardner (Boca Raton, FL.) recorded his highest finish this year, 16th, after finishing with a three-round total of 228. Tommy Suri (Miami, FL.) fired an 82 in the final round for a two-day score of 233, respectively.
FAU registered its second lowest three-round score (891) this year, holding off fellow Atlantic Sun school Jacksonville University (898) for the win. Campbell University (903) took third place followed by Elon University (905) and Rollins College (906). Belmont (923) and host Stetson (950) finished ninth and 13th, respectively.
The Golf Daytona Beach Invitational is formerly known as the Stetson Intercollegiate. This marks the third program victory at the Stetson Intercollegiate.
FAU concludes play in the 2004 fall season but returns to action Monday, February 21, 2005 at the Charleston Southern Spring Invite.
1. Torstein Naevestad (FAU) 71-74-69-214
2. Russel Knox (JU) 70-75-73-218
3. Jamie Kennedy (JU) 76-72-72-220
4. Fredrik Sundberg (Campbell) 77-70-74-221
4. Jimmy Lytle (Elon) 72-72-77-221
4. Kyle Spahr (Campbell) 73-71-77-221