by Chris Skewes, Staff Writer

The UWF men’s and women’s golf teams held their annual Argonaut Invitational golf tournament on April 1and 2. The men’s team won the tournament and the women’s team finished second overall.

The women’s team has won the tournament twice in the past five years. The men’s team has won the invitational 13 times since 2000, excluding 2010 and 2013 when the tournament was not held.

This year the men’s team held their tournament at the Pensacola Country Club. The women’s team had their tournament at The Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre.

Being a two-day tournament, both teams played 36 holes of golf on the first day and then 18 on the second.

A few of the schools invited to play were Montevallo, Florida Southern University, St. Mary’s University (TX), Columbus State and Nova Southeastern University.

St. Mary’s and Florida Sothern’s men’s teams are ranked nationally at No. 9 and No. 4, respectively. Florida Southern University women’s team is ranked No. 10 and the Nova Southeastern women’s team is ranked at No. 3.

The starting lineup for the men’s team was Christian Bosso, Harry Butler, Juan de Giacomi, Carlos Marrero and Jacob Huizinga. Cameron Bonner, Adam Guedra, Carter Haley and Alejandro Restrepo competed as individuals.

The starting lineup for the women’s team was Solange Gomez, Kayla Smith, Alex Ozuna, Ronja Taipale and Kelie Kan for team play. Paige Cavalier competed as an individual.

The men’s golf team has won the Argo Invitational for the third straight year. Finishing with a team score of 283-285-288=856, UWF scored a 14-shot advantage over runner-up teams Montevallo University and Limestone College.

Leading the team and winning the competition, Bosso shot 10-under-par for a score of 66-71-69=206. Bosso has now won individually three times this season.

Scoring three birdies on the back nine, Bosso pulled away late and won the Argonaut Invitational by a two-stroke margin over Limestone’s Brett Krekorian.

West Florida also had four players finish in the top 10. Restrepo placed fifth overall with a score of 71-70-73=214.

Butler and Guedra finished with a score of 217 to tie for eighth place.

Now finished with the tournament, the men’s golf team now looks to compete in the Gulf South Conference Tournament on April 14 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Alabama.

The women’s golf team finished the tournament in second place and broke some personal records.

Playing in her first Argo Invitational, true freshman Gomez finished the tournament in fifth place with a score of 79-73-73=225. This is her second lowest 54-hole score of the season.

“Today I played really good and did one over,” Gomez said. “It was my first home tournament and I felt really confident because we play here pretty often, so I felt good because I knew the course.”

Ozuna finished the invitational with her best career performance of 76-78-73=227. She tied for sixth place overall.

“Overall, I played well, and the conditions were pretty good today. It was pretty nice,” Ozuna said. “We faced Nova and Florida Southern; that was our main competition.”

Nova Southeastern was the tournament winner with a team score of 27-over-par for a total of 891. This is a new Argo Invitational 54-hole record, beating Barry University’s score last year by two strokes.

With the tournament under their belt, the women’s golf team has 11 days to prepare for the Gulf South Conference Tournament on April 14-16 at Magnolia Grove.

“Everyone is playing good and we have conference left,” Gomez said. “If we do well let’s hope we go to regionals.”

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