PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - The individual title at the 2019 Sea Best Invitational came down to a playoff on the 18th hole on Tuesday afternoon at the TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley Course and Jacksonville's Eduardo Carrete was in the mix but in the end the junior settled for a tie for second after going four under-par for the tournament.
Carrete began the day with a four-stroke lead and closed out the final round with a +3, 73 while Florida State's John Pak and Florida's Gordon Neale charged down the stretch to send this event to a playoff for the individual crown. Pak came away with the win after firing par on the playoff hole while Carrete and Neale settled for bogey. Carrete (69-64-73, 206) posted the lowest 54-hole score of his career and the highest individual finish of his career. His -6, 64 in round two tied the lowest round in the history of the event.
The Jacksonville team finished alone in 12th amongst the stacked field that featured nine, top-50 programs. The team fired its second lowest round of the week on Tuesday in the form of a +13, 293 after posting a +5, 285 in the second round on Monday. Thomas Thurloway closed with a +2, 72 to finish 74-72-72, 218 (+8) and in a tie for 35th. Michael Sakane wasn't far behind, shooting 75-73-72, 220 (+10) to lock in a tie for 46th overall.
Up next for the Dolphins will be the SunTrust Gator Invitational which will be played at the Mark Bostic Golf Club in Gainesville, Fla. That event will get started with 36 holes on Saturday, Feb. 16 and wraps up with 18 holes the following day.
Jacksonville Men's Golf Wraps Up Sea Best Invitational, Carrete Finishes Tied for Second