State Colleges

Nova’s Gomez places third as Sharks finish second in men’s golf

The Nova Southeastern University men’s golf team shot the lowest team round at the McDonough Cup on Tuesday, but fell just short of Lynn to place second place as they wrapped up their fall season at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando.

The Sharks had a 285 collective final round to finish three strokes behind Lynn, 853-856, with both of those scores surpassing the team tournament record set by Armstrong State last year (857).

NSU’s top individual was junior Santiago Gomez, who finished third, one shot behind medalist John Van Der Laan of Florida Southern and Elliott Whitley of Lynn, who fell to Van Der Laan on the first playoff hole). Gomez went even-par Tuesday and totaled a 211 (71-68-72).

Two more Sharks finished in the top 10. Freshman Ethan Marcus carded his second under-par round of the tournament with a 2-under 70, and his total of 214 was good enough for a fifth-place tie. Fellow freshman Priyanshu Singh was the Sharks’ low man on Tuesday, and tied with Van Der Laan for the best final round of all golfers in the field with a 3-under 69. His total of 216 put him in a tie for 10th.

Rounding out NSU’s scoring after the final 18 were sophomore Richard Mansell at 220 and Hunter O’Mahony with a 222.

The Sharks finished the fall with two runner-up finishes sandwiched around their win at the Otter Invitational. The spring season tees off in Lakeland on Feb. 9-10, at Florida Southern’s Matlock Invitational.

Women’s golf

Barry University senior Francesca Perini tied for third for the second consecutive week and Maria Paola Fiorio tied for fifth as the women's golf team finished fifth at the Flagler Fall Slam in St. Augustine, the final fall tournament of the season for the 10th-ranked Buccaneer.

Barry shot 320-304—624, finishing eight strokes behind Armstrong Atlantic. Host Flagler was first after shooting 5-over 293 in the final round to finish at 601. Lynn was second, five strokes back.


Nova Southeastern University cross-country and track and field coach Bryan Hagopian was inducted into the Hastings (Nebraska) College Hall of Fame last weekend.

“It was one of the best experiences of my career,” Hagopian said. “I’ve been to nationals twice in the NAIA, but this takes precedence over qualifying for nationals. My athletic career came full circle this weekend. I’ll be looking to harness this excitement in pushing our men’s and women’s teams to nationals this year, so they can experience this down the road.”

Hagopian was a member of the 1992 Bronco men’s cross-country team that was the first in school history to be nationally ranked. The team won NIAC and District 11 titles. The 1993 Bronco men’s team repeated as NIAC and District 11 champions, and, at the NAIA Cross-Country meet, finished 16th.

Hagopian carried his playing experience into his coaching career, where he has led the Sharks for six seasons and has won conference coach of the year honors twice. He has coached 10 All-Americans and 15 conference champions.