SAINT LEO, Fla. – Leading from the start, the Saint Leo men’s golf team pushed a nine-stroke advantage through 36 holes as they took home the team championship in the 2009 Saint Leo Invitational played at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Tuesday morning.

The Lions started the final round of play after completing the second round late Monday night, and did not miss a beat.  The only school who had every counting player shoot in the 70s, Saint Leo was propelled to the tournament win by a 69 in the first round from JP Albuquerque (79-76-75—220) as he joined three other teammates to post a 3-over-75 as all three tied for the team’s low-score on the final day.  Senior Cole Cisbani (78-77-75—230) and Tom Lynn (75-78-75—228) both rebounded from a poor second-round showing to tie for the team lead in the final round.

Saint Leo finished with a team total 295-303-303—901 which put them nine strokes ahead of Brevard Community College (910) with the University of Tampa (921) claiming third-place team honors.

"It was a group effort, even though the team was a bit off, they were able to persevere and shoot the necessary numbers to stay on top," Head Coach Ray Cisbani said of his victorious team.  "The three 75's made it tough for anyone to make a serious charge because of the windy conditions.  We knew that if we stayed close with Brevard, since we were paired up with them a seven stroke lead, would be a big advantage.  We will work on a few things and get ready for the Rollins tournament next week."

In addition to the team championship, Albuquerque and senior Mark McGuire (73-72-79—224) finished on the All-Tournament Team as they posted the second and third best totals for the tournament.

This marks the second-straight tournament the Lions have claimed victory in after their win in the Spartan Invitational last weekend, and the third-straight victory they claimed at their own tournament.  Saint Leo captured the program’s first-ever victory at the SLU Invitational in 2006 and repeated in 2007.  After the tournament took a year’s hiatus, the Lions again claimed the top spot today.