April 2, 2012

Lions Halfway up the Leaderboard after Day One of Buccaneer Invitational

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's golf team currently sits in seventh place after the Lions put together an impressive first 36 holes in the Buccaneer Invitational contested at the at the par-71, 6805-yard Normandy Shores Golf Club on Monday.  The Lions shot a two-round total 288-288—576 at the tournament hosted by fellow Sunshine State Conference school Barry University.  Despite being in the middle of the 14-team field, they sit just eight strokes behind third place and two shots behind sixth place Florida Tech.

Four-time champ Barry (281-281—562) and Canadian power Laval (278-284—562) share the lead after two rounds.

"The team had its best two rounds of the season," Head Coach Ray Cisbani said.  "A pair of 288's has put them in seventh place in the strongest field of the year.  We trail the third-ranked team in the nation, Lynn University by (six) strokes as well as Florida Tech.  A strong showing tomorrow should vault the team in national rankings and may get us in the top-10 in the NCAA South Region." 

The team's individual leader after the first 36 holes, Justin Foster is currently tied for seventh place with matching two round scores of 70-70—140.  Coming out of the gates shooting one of the tournament's sub-70 rounds in the first 18 holes, Nick Brothers sits in 19th with a two-round 69-74—143.

Currently in a tie for 48th are teammates Ron Carlson and Rick Briggs. Carlson posted a 75-74—149, while Briggs's better second round of 79-70—149.

Finally, Chaz Heinz is 63rd of 82 individuals, carding 74-78—152.

The Lions will wrap up the tournament on Tuesday as they try to put together another impressive round and continue to move up the leaderboard.  Third round action gets underway with a shotgun start on Tuesday morning.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Golf and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.