Garry Smits @gsmitter

The University of North Florida won its fifth A-Sun men’s golf championship in a rain-shortened finish on Tuesday at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.

Four Osprey players, led by Andrew Alligood in a tie for second, were among the top-10 to beat Lipscomb by five shots at 4-under-par 564 in the 40th A-Sun tournament. The event was not only reduced to 36 holes but the second round was reduced to par-70 because the par-5 10th hole was unplayable off the tee and was reduced to a par-3.

Alligood shot his second 69 to finish three shots behind Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong (66) at 4-under-par 138. Dillon Woods (71) tied for third at 2-under 140, Philip Knowles (71) tied for seventh at 1-under, his eighth top-10 of the season, and Travis Trace (68) finish ninth at 2-over. Michael Mattiace (73) tied for 14th.

UNF earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Regional fields will be announced on May 2.

Armstrong became the first player to win back-to-back A-Sun individual titles since Jacksonville’s Duncan Stewart in 2005 and 2006.

The Dolphins finished third, 17 shots behind Lipscomb. JU was led by Raul Pereda (67) and A-Sun freshman of the year Michael Sakane (71) who tied for fifth at even-par 142.

“It was great stuff by the guys down the stretch,” UNF coach Scott Schroeder said on the school’s web site. “I couldn’t be prouder of this group. It was a fun battle with Lipscomb all day. We are now on to regionals and looking to accomplish more goals.”

In the women’s A-Sun tournament, defending champion UNF finished nine shots short of a repeat, the margin behind conference champion Kennesaw. The Owls shot 25-over 601 and the Ospreys were 34-over. JU tied for fourth at 44-over.

Mindy Herrick of UNF (74)

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