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Lynn University wins Barry Buccaneer Invitational golf

Kerry Sweeney of Eastern Florida State (formerly Brevard Community College) won the Barry Buccaneer golf tournament.
Kerry Sweeney of Eastern Florida State (formerly Brevard Community College) won the Barry Buccaneer golf tournament. Special to the Herald

Nova Southeastern was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Barry University was ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The Barry Buccaneer Invitational, with both of those teams competing, was supposed to give some clarity to those Division II golf rankings.

Instead, things just got more confusing Tuesday, thanks to Lynn University of Boca Raton.

Lynn, ranked No. 4 in the nation and led by Keith Greene, who shot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round at Normandy Shores, won the tournament with a 6-under 846 team total.

So, who will check in at No. 1 this coming week?

“I don’t concern myself with the rankings that much,” Lynn coach Andrew Danna said. “The rankings are nice, but it’s about how you perform.”

That said, Danna added, “Of course, the players would be happy to move up, but I’m happy with the way the guys played. They showed consistency.”

Barry of Miami-Dade County, Nova Southeastern of Broward County and Lynn of Palm Beach County are separated by 40 or so miles, but are dominating Division II golf, and have been doing so for the past half-dozen years.

“The three of us, the three schools, have been right there in recent years,” said Jimmy Stobs, coach of two-time defending national champion Barry. “We just keep trading places.”

Ryan Jamison, coach of Nova Southeastern, said the Buccaneer Invitational offered a tough course with tough pin positions. “Ultimately, this will be a learning experience for us,” he said.

Even tournament individual champion Kerry Sweeney of Eastern Florida State (formerly Brevard Community College) took note of the course’s difficulty.

Sweeney, a freshman from Melbourne, said, “I had to swallow my pride and aim for the middle of the green on some shots,” he said.

“This was the best competition all year,” Sweeney added. “Really good teams were competing here. Winning makes me more excited to play, and I want to go out and get another one.” Sweeney posted under-par rounds for all three rounds at 69-68-67.

For the tournament, the average score per round was more than four strokes over par at 75.57.

Team scores: 1. Lynn (-6, 846); 2. Nova Southeastern (+7, 859); 3. Eastern Florida State (+15, 867); 4. Barry (+15, 868); 5. Central Missouri (+25, 877).

Individual scores: 1. Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State, -9 204; 2. Keith Greene, Lynn, -3 210; 3. Ray Badenhorst, Florida Tech, -2 211; 4. (tie) Santiago Gomez, Nova Southeastern, Elliott Whitley, Lynn, -1 212.

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