PALM BAY, Fla. –The Saint Leo men's golf team was crowned the winner of the Panther Invitational on Tuesday afternoon, shooting a tournament total of 304-292-304—900. The Lions held off the host Florida Tech Panthers who came in with a score of 902.
"It's a good win which should give the guys the confidence they need," Head Coach Ray Cisbani said after the tournament. "We will be working hard on the weakness that I saw for the Barry event. With the strength of that field, shooting a 900 won't get us very far. But knowing that we can shoot in the low 280s and low 290s gives us the belief that we can surprise some people."
Coming in eighth place overall and in the lead for Saint Leo was Nick Brothers who fired a 73 in the final round to finish with 76-74-73—223 for the tournament. Next in line was Chaz Heinz who continued his steady play in the final round with a 74. For the entire 54 holes Heinz shot 75-75-74—224 and came in 10th place on the individual leaderboard.
"It was a mental grind out there all day today," Brothers said. "I am so proud of the way ny teammates hung in there and never gave up."
Three strokes behind Heinz was freshman Trevor Joseph who shot the low-round of the entire tournament field in round two with a 69. In Joseph's final round he carded an 80 to finish the tournament at 227.
Austin Grey came in just a stroke behind Joseph with a 75-74-79—228 for the tournament. Rounding out the Lions was Codi Daudelin who shaved six strokes off of his second round score in the final round by firing a 79. Daudelin finished with an 83-84-78—245.
Florida Tech finished two strokes behind Saint Leo with a 308-289-305—902.
The Lions will now prepare for the Buccaneer Invitational which gets underway on April 1.