Lions fifth after day one at Saint Leo Invitational

Lions fifth after day one at Saint Leo Invitational

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University men's golf completed the first 18 holes of the 2014 Saint Leo Invitational in fifth place out of 17 teams, in Monday's rain-shortened opening day of play at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club South Course.

A nearly three-hour lightning delay during the afternoon forced Monday's round to be abbreviated to 18 holes from its originally scheduled 36.

Play will resume on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, with the University of North Alabama atop the team leaderboard. North Alabama fired a 273 in Monday's round, with three Lions among the top 10 individuals.

The Saint Leo squad carded a seven-under 281 on Monday, eight strokes off the pace.

Trailing North Alabama are Lynn University (274), USC-Aiken (276), and Columbus State (276), followed by Saint Leo to round out the top five. The Lake Jovita South Course gave up plenty of birdies on Monday thanks to soft greens and generous pin placements. Nine of the 17 teams finished below par on the par 72, 7137-yard course.

Individually, Saint Leo sophomore Joey Savoie fired a six-under 66 in his opening round to pace the Green and Gold, and is tied for second on the leaderboard. Both Liam Ainsworth and Ryan Gendron posting rounds of 71 – good enough to be tied for 26th in the field. Casey Bannon completed the scorers for Saint Leo with a one-over 73, and was tied for 48th overall.

USC-Aiken's Brandon Robinson-Thompson leads all individuals in the tournament with an eight-under 64, while four other players are tied for second with rounds of 66.

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