May 18, 2014

Gendron Gets Ready to Take on the Field at NCAA Championships

Hometown Product Heads to Nationals

SAINT LEO, Fla. - Saint Leo University freshman golfer Ryan Gendron will look to keep his streak of five consecutive top-15 finishes alive when he takes part in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championships held May 19-23 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan.

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The Tampa, Fla. native advanced to the national championships after a second place finish in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, May 5-7 at the Savannah Quarters Golf and Country Club in Savannah, Georgia. He shot a three-round total of 211, with back-to-back 70s in the second and third rounds. 

He is the first men's individual from Saint Leo to participant in the NCAA Championships since JP Albuquerque took part in the 2010 championships.  Albuquerque finished tied for 23rd with a four round total of 306 (77-75-74-80).

Gendron has played the most consistent golf of his rookie campaign in his last three outings. During that stretch, dating back to the Buccaneer Invitational on March 31-April 1, the Plant High School product has averaged just 71.4 strokes per round in the nine rounds, including four straight rounds of 71 or below heading into the championships.

In addition, his season low round came during that three-tournament stretch when he shot a 68 in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City. He would eventually finish tied for ninth with a three-round total of 217 (68-74-75).  

Gendron's only tournament title this season came in the Southeastern Collegiate, March 10-11, shooting a three-round total of 210 (71-70-69).  He is currently averaging 73.1 strokes per round in 20 total rounds this spring.

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