Florida takes big lead in Sea Best Invitational

Florida takes big lead in Sea Best Invitational

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Led by a sophomore and a pair of freshmen, the University of Florida took a commanding lead after the first two rounds of the Sea Best Invitational men's golf tournament at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass Monday.

Sophomore Alejandro Tosti, freshman Sam Horsfield and Jorge Garcia led the Gators to a 19-shot lead over second place North Carolina after the two-round, 36-hole day in the in the 15-team event. Florida ended the day with a 17-under-par 543 total (265-278) while the Tar Heels are at 562.

Tosti shot a 6-under-par 64 in the morning session on the 6,873-yard, par 70 course, and backed that up with a 69 in the afternoon for an 7-under total 133, the same total Horsfield (65-68) had. The pair is one shot behind North Carolina's Joshua Martin who had 64-68-132.

Garcia rounded out the UF effort with a 66-72-138.

Jacksonville University ended the day tied for 10th with a 584 total, knotted with McNeese State and only three shots behind ninth-place Tennessee.

Raul Pereda led the way for the Dolphins with a 145 total (72-73). Franck Medale (75-71) and David Wicks (72-74) both shot 146. Ryan Jahn had 76-73-149 and Sam Uhland shot 74-79-153.

"We are playing some top notch competition and our guys kept fighting,'' JU coach Mike Blackburn said. "We're right around the top 10 and, of course, hope to improve on that (Tuesday). We had a great day for golf in February, the course is in fine shape and we have some of the country's best teams in the field.''

USC Upstate's Matt Carter had a hole in one on the 203-yard, par-3 14th hole in the second round. Carter used a 5-iron to accomplish his feat. He said it was his third career ace and second in tournament play.

The tournament's final round gets underway Tuesday at 8 a.m.