Freshmen Lead the Way in FGCU’s Opening Round at GolfWeek Conference Challenge
Sunday, September 16, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)

BURLINGTON, Iowa – Led by freshmen Edward Figueroa (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann) and Jake Sherwin (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) who were making their collegiate debuts, the FGCU men’s golf team completed its first round of the 2012 Fall season in a tie for 10th place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course hosted by Iowa.

In a 15-team field that includes 13 teams ranked in the June 2012 GolfWeek top 100 and six programs that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, FGCU sits in a four-way tie for 10th place with a team score of 306. Missouri tops the leaderboard and is the only team under-par at 286.

Figueroa was one of just eight players in the field of 75 to break par and sits in a tie for fifth after a two-under par 70 in his FGCU debut. Teeing off on No. 10, Figueroa played his first eight holes at one-over, but carded a 34 on his final nine holes thanks to a run of four birdies in five holes. The nearby Naples product had a team-high five birdies and is second in the field in par 3 scoring (-3).

Like Figueroa, Sherwin played nothing like a freshman in his first collegiate round, bouncing back from three bogeys in his first four holes to shoot a solid two-over par 74. Sherwin played his final 14 holes at one-under par, highlighted by an even-par 36 on the course’s front nine.

The team’s other two counting scores were both 81s, as junior Mathias Boesmans (Belgium/Western Texas College) made it three newcomers on the scorecard for the Eagles. Sophomore Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) also turned in an 81 despite being one-under after his opening nine holes. Boesmans led the team with 11 pars on the day.

FGCU will tee off Monday’s second round from 9:50-10:30 a.m., going off No. 10 alongside San Jose State and Kansas. Live stats of Monday’s second round and Tuesday’s final round can be found on or Twitter updates are also available @FGCUEagles.

T-5. Edward Figueroa – 70(-2)
T-19. Jake Sherwin – 74
T-64. Mathias Boesmans – 81
T-64. Jack Hernandez – 81
T-66. Jeremy Self – 82

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS (June 2012 Golf Week Ranking)
1. Missouri (66) – 286(-20
2. Ball State (103) – 289
3. Iowa (27) – 292
4. Tulsa (59) - 293
5. Wake Forest (60) – 294
6. Jacksonville State (96) – 298
7. Louisiana-Lafayette (68) – 299
8. Central Arkansas (78) – 302
9. Long Beach State (303)
T-10. FGCU (82) – 306
T-10. San Jose State (65) – 306
T-10. Kansas (131) – 306
T-10. San Francisco (52) – 306
14. Campbell (74) – 310
15. Xavier (104) – 311