Dade City, Fla. (October 31, 2006) – The Saint Leo University men’s golf team shot a program-best score of 884 (299-294-291) to win the first team title in program history at the 2006 Saint Leo Fall Invitational on Tuesday.  The event was being hosted by the SLU on the Par-72, 7,177-yard North Course at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.


The Lions set a team record for lowest 18-hole score with a final round 291 to overcome a two-stroke deficit and win by 10 strokes over first round leader Johnson & Wales University (299-292-303=894).

Saint Leo also celebrated victory individually, as freshman Mark McGuire (Clifton, N.J.) made par on the first playoff hole to defeat J & W’s Shawn Scott.  The pair had finished the 54-hole event tied with one-over-par 217’s.  McGuire became the second Saint Leo men's golfer to win individual medalist honors.  Bryan Sutton had won the first title in SLU men's golf history at the Mount Olive Invitational.

Brian Schmidt (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) and Jacob Halligan (Sr., Taylor Mill, Ky.) also finished in the top-10 individually for Saint Leo, as they were in fifth and seventh-place, respectively.  Schmidt carded a three-round total of 219 (74-73-72), while Halligan shot 224 (78-74-72).

The Lions also had sophomore Bryan Jonasson (Needham, Mass.) finish tied for 11th and freshman Cole Cisbani (New Port Richey, Fla.) finish tied for 14th in a complete team performance.

The win capped off a fall season that saw the Saint Leo men’s golf team post three top-10 finishes in four events.