SAINT LEO, Fla. – After their win last week, the Saint Leo men’s golf team rode the emotional high into the top-spot in their own tournament as they lead the 2009 Saint Leo Invitational played at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club after completing 36 holes on Monday.

The Lions came out on a chilly Monday morning and firmly planted themselves in first place as they shot a first-round 295, eight strokes ahead of the second place team after the first 18.  JP Albuquerque (69-76—145) was on fire through the first loop around the South Course as he was the only player to shoot in the 60s after 18 holes.

Round two saw the Lions falter a bit, but not enough to drop them out of the top spot.  Although Albuquerque struggled, senior Mark McGuire (73-72—145) picked up the slack as he shot even par in the second round to jump into a tie for the team lead with his teammate.

Brevard Community College rallied to supplant Webber as the team sitting behind the Lions as SLU currently holds a seven-stroke advantage heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Despite the fact that the final holes of the second round were played in near-darkness, the SLU individuals behind the two team leaders managed to help keep the momentum going.

Tom Lynn’s 75-78—153 kept him in third place and Cole Cisbani’s 78-77—155 sits in 14th.  Nick Brothers’ 83-81—164 rounds out the SLU lineup after 36 holes.

The Lions will look to maintain their first-place performance as they begin tomorrow’s final round.  The shotgun start will get underway at 8:30 a.m. on the South Course of Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.