MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team (295-296-295—886) concluded action at the Buccaneer Invitational in ninth-place with a final score of 36-over-par 886, at the par-71, 6,805-yard Normandy Sands Golf Course in Miami Shores, Fla. Posting a third round 295, the Lions did not lose any ground in the tournament, finishing ahead of nationally ranked Flagler (10th), Valdosta State (11th), and West Florida (15th).
Overall, Sunshine State Conference rival Barry (277-293-284—854) claimed the overall team title, as they fired a two-over-par 854. They were followed by Lynn (287-291-290—868) with a 16-over-par 868, and Brevard Community College (290-285-297—872) who shot a 20-over-par 872.
Barry also tallied the Individual medalist as Daniel Stapff (67-74-68—209) shot a four-under-par 209, including a 67 and 68 in the first and third rounds of the 86-person event.
As for the Lions, Nick Brothers (68-74-74—217) was the Green & Gold’s top finisher, placing in tie for 15th with a four-over-par 217. He delivered a third round 75, seven strokes off his remarkable first round 68.
He was followed by JP Albuquerque (75-73-72—220) and his seven-over-par 220. The senior made steady improvement over the course of the tournament, finishing one stroke better than his second round score of 73. Mark McGuire also tallied a 72 in the final round, closing the tournament with a 10-over-par 223.
Tom Lynn rounded-out the four-man crew with a 13-over-par 226. Shooting consistently in the mid-70’s throughout the week, Lynn collected a final round 76 to cap the Bucs’ Invite.
The Lions were just eight strokes out of breaking the top-five, while SSC foes Barry, Lynn, Tampa and Nova Southeastern each placed ahead of the Lions in the standings. Still, SLU soared past Florida Tech, finishing 11 strokes ahead.
The Lions will take a two-week layoff before returning to the links on April 19th for the Sunshine State Conference Golf Championships. The event will be held at the Grande Oaks Golf Course in Davie, Fla. It is hosted by Nova Southeastern.