BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team (293-299-304—896) maintained its first day, fifth-place position as it closed the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Championships with its best finish of the 2010-11 season. Carding a third round 16-over 302, the Lions secured their spot with a final score of 32-over 896, Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6714 yard Boca Country Club.

In the nine team event, SLU trumped the likes of rivals Florida Southern (35-over 899) and Rollins (43-over 907).

Individually for the team, Nick Brothers fired a seven-over 79 to finish tied for 16th. He also finished in the top-15 in total pars with 36.

Chaz Heinz (73-76-76—225) continued his steady play as he collected his second consecutive round of four-over 76. Finishing in tie for 19th, Heinz also registered eight birdies and was consistently solid in par-three attempts.

A little further down the list, three Lions, Codi Daudelin, Rick Briggs and Ronnie Carlson, shot solid rounds as they finished in the middle of a very strong pack. Daudelin (80-75-75—230) completed the Championships strong by carding his second straight three-over 75.

Briggs (74-84-74—232) saw a 10-shot improvement from round two as he completed competition with a two-over74.

One stroke behind Briggs and two behind Daudelin was Carlson (75-74—84—233) as he rounded out the Lions’ quintet with an 84.

Overall for the tournament, Nova Southeastern staved off Barry by one stroke to win the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golf Championship.

The Sharks and Buccaneers carded an identical final-round score of 296, but thanks to its one-stroke lead after day one, NSU took the title.  Nova Southeastern finished the tournament with a total score of 873 (290-287-296).  Barry posted a tally of 874 (293-285-296).

The SSC championship was the third in five years for NSU, which also won the title in 2007 and 2009.

Lynn placed third in the final standings with a score of 880 (292-294-294).  Florida Tech was fifth with an 891 (302-283-306).  Saint Leo claimed fifth with a mark of 896 (293-299-304).

Florida Southern (297-300-302=899) finished sixth.  Rollins (304-299-304=907) and Tampa tied for seventh (300-303-304=907).  Eckerd (306-295-310=911) rounded out the standings.

NSU’s Richardo Celia (72-67-76) and Barry’s Daniel Stapff (73-68-74) tied for first individually with a one-under-par 215.  Stapff won medalist honors by tapping in an eagle putt on the second playoff hole.

Lynn’s Daniel Young placed third with a one-over 217 (74-71-72) to earn All-Tournament honors.  Barry’s Marcus Segerstrom was fourth with a two-over 218 (72-71-75).  Three golfers carded a final score of 219 to take the final three spots on the All-Tournament squad.  Rollins’ Spencer Cole (74-72-73), Lynn’s Ricardo Gouveia (71-72-76), and Florida Tech’s Zach Potter (73-70-76) finished in a three-way gridlock for fifth place.

Portions courtesy of the Sunshine State Conference.