MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team (301-311—612) stands in 14th-place after firing a 44-over 612 after the first 36 holes of the Barry Invitational from the par-71, 6733-Yard Normandy Shores Golf Course.
The Lions, who closed the first round in 11th, added 10 strokes to their total in round two to complete the first day nine strokes behind Johnson & Wales.
Overall, the home standing Barry Buccaneers (285-174—559) spearheaded a charge that has them leading the University of West Florida (283-283—566) by seven strokes. Fellow Sunshine State Conference foe Nova Southeastern (270-291—570) also registered a solid opening day as they sit 11 shots behind the Bucs for the top spot.
Individually, the Buccaneers’ Daniel Stapff (72-65—137) carded a six-under 65 in the second round to lead the 80-person field. He is followed by teammate Chris Carlin (72-66—138), and West Florida’s Ryan Black (67-72—139).
For the Lions, Rick Briggs (72-78—150) paved the way with an 11-over 150, including a first round 72, to head the Lions’ charge moving into the final day of action.
Nick Brothers (75-77—152) also posted consistent mid-70’s scores as he finished Monday at 13-over.
Meanwhile, Chaz Heinz (77-76—153) improved his first round score by one stroke during the second 18 to finish at 14-over.
The freshman pair of Mark Sabatino (77-82—159) and Codi Daudelin (79-80—159) rounded-out the Lions quintet as they registered identical scores of 159.
Only 11 strokes separate the Lions from cracking the top-10.
Saint Leo will tee-off the third and final round at 8:18 Tuesday morning. The Lions will be matched with Johnson & Wales.