SAINT LEO, Fla.-Both Florida Tech golf programs are currently in 6th place on each side of the fields after the first two rounds of the 2006 Sunshine State
Conference Championships. After the first round, Tech men were tied for third place shooting a 299 only ten strokes off of current leader Lynn
University, but unfortunately had a rough second round shooting 313 combining for a opening day tally of 612. This placed the Crimson & Gray duffers in
6th position. Lynn
University leads day one with a 598, 14 strokes better than the Panthers, but Tech is only six strokes off the second place team Rollins College.
The Panthers’ junior Jonas DeWitte (Melbourne, Fla.) is tied for third after two rounds with a 74-76 for a 150, six strokes over par for the 7,202 yardage
course at Lake Jovita in Saint Leo, Florida. Right behind DeWitte are juniors Justin Regier (73-78), from East Amherst, N.Y., and Jeff Wittup
(77-74), a native of Calgary, Alberta, who are both tied for 9th place each shooting a 151 for the day.
On the women’s side, freshman Natalie Kohler (Johannesburg, South Africa) is in 8th place with a two round 74-82 for 156. Second for Tech is fellow
freshman Daniella Iacobelli (Melbourne, Fla.). Local golfer, Iacobelli is currently tied for 13th place notching a 78-82 for a opening day 160 stroke
finish. The women’s course is also a Par 72 with a 5,858 yardage for the 18 holes.
The Ladies are currently shooting 331-333 for a two round 664, which is 56 strokes off first place team Rollins College. The Tars which are the two time
defending NCAA DII National Championships are looking for a repeat this season. The are 29 strokes between them and 2nd place team Barry University,
currently shooting a 637. The Panthers will look to overcome 5th place team Nova Southeastern who is only ten strokes ahead of Tech after day one of the
Tech’s women achieved a first earlier this month when the were nationally ranked for the first time in the program’s short three year history. The ladies
notched a 23rd ranking from the NGCA Coaches Poll. While on the men’s side the Panthers were ranked 8th in the NCAA Division II South Region Poll late last
week on the April 7th release.
The final round will begin tomorrow at a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on the “newly opened” North Course at Lake Jovita. Panther fans can listen to a live
wrap-up coaches show between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at www.fit.edu/athletics and click on the live audio