No. 2 Barry wins first Sunshine State Conference championship
LAKE JOVITA, Fla. -- The No. 2 Buccaneers shot 287 in the final round of the Sunshine State Conference Championship, beating No. 1 Nova Southeastern by a stroke for the league title in the nine-team field. It is Barry's first SSC championship in men's golf and 49th overall in school history.
Junior Jared Dalga tied for third with Lynn's Daniel Young at 4-under 212, putting together his best 54-hole score as a Buccaneer. Dalga, who sank a five-foot eagle putt on the par-5, 549-yard second hole, tied for second at a tournament earlier this year, albeit three strokes higher than he did in the SSC Championship.
Scott Smyers finished fifth, a stroke behind Dalga, following a closing-round 1-under 71.
"The team's feeling great," Dalga said. "We're definitely going to build off what happened and take this to regionals."
Barry advanced to compete in the South/Southeast Super Regional May 6-8 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Dalga's eagle in the final round matched Smyers for a team-leading four this season. Smyers had one a day earlier on the same hole.
"That really got the round kickstarted," said Dalga, who knocked a 4-iron from 220 yards out into the wind within five feet of the cup on a green tucked over a bunker.
He birdied three other holes on the front nine to make the turn at 3-under.
"I was definitely feeling good," said Dalga, who had 14 birdies in the three-day championship event. "I loved the position I was in. I was jazzed up."
Smyers, who had six top-nine and three top-five finishes this year, eagled the same hole in the second round to recover from a double bogey. He hit driver, 6-iron to within 15 feet of the pin before sinking the eagle putt after switching to a new putter following the first round.
In Tuesday's final round, he reeled off six birdies, giving him 12 for the tournament. His third-round 71 followed up his tournament-low 68 a day earlier.
"The game is getting better and better," Smyers said. "It's been a good year, pretty consistent...To be able to contribute to the first championship tournament, it feels really good."
Nova's Ricardo Celia won the tournament with a 7-under 209. Eckerd's Jeff Evanier was second, a stroke ahead of Dalga and Young.
Barry's Adam Svensson finished eighth after shooting 1-over 217. He birdied the 534-yard ninth on Tuesday before parring out the rest of the way on the back nine. Svensson had nine birdies in the three-day event.
Marcus Segerstrom shot par in the final round, making three birdies to finish tied for 24th at 225. Simon Forsslund shot 75 to finish tied for 21st. He birdied two of the 500-plus-yard par-5 holes in the final round.