March 20, 2012

Men’s Golf Collects Runner-Up Accolades at Panther Invitational

PALM BAY, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's golf team (301-313-295—909), behind Nick Brother's team-best even-par 216, concluded the Panther Invitational in second place, securing a two-day total of 45-over 909, Tuesday afternoon from the par-72, 6729-yard course at The Majors Golf Club.

Totaling a seven-over 295 during the final round, the Lions saw an 18-shot improvement between rounds two and three.

Seeing primarily scores in the 70's on Tuesday, the Lions finished 24 strokes ahead of the nearest competitor, Eckerd College.

Nick Brothers (69-75-72—216) was the Lions' highest finisher as he paced the course for an even-par 216. He improved three strokes from his second round 75 as he finished the day with an even-par 72.

Chaz Heinz (75-80-72—227), one of three Lions to post an even-par 72 in the final round, registered an 11-over 227 en route to an 11th-place finish. Justin Foster (76-81-72—229) was just off his teammate's pace as he concluded action with an impressive 13-over 229 after carding an even-par 72.

Rick Briggs (81-77-79—237) contributed a 21-over 237 as he finished in a tie for 25th, and Ronnie Carlson (83-90-86—259) rounded-out the group with a 259.

Overall, it was the host Florida Tech Panthers who took home the team title as they secured a 12-over 876, 33 strokes ahead of the second-place Lions. The Panthers' Ray Badenhorst also secured individual medalist honors as he torched the course with a five-under 211.

Saint Leo will return to the course on Monday, April 2, when they travel to Miami Beach, Fla. to compete in the Barry University Invitational. The two-day tournament will take place from the Normandy Shores Golf Club.

For more on the Saint Leo men's golf team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.