VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The Saint Leo men's golf team finished on top at the 2015 Southeastern Collegiate Tournament hosted by Valdosta State University at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. The no. 7 Lions defeated three top-10 teams in the 54-hole tournament. Saint Leo won by a wide nine-stroke margin for its first tournament crown of the 2015 season.
The Lions finished the tournament at five-under with a team score of 859 (292-276-291). Saint leo entered the third and final round in first place with an nine-stroke lead through two rounds. The Lions fourth and fifth players Liam Ainsworth and Trevor Joseph broke out early with three birdies on the front nine to jump start the Lions over the impressive Southeastern Collegiate field which featured ten top-25 teams.
Joseph carded a team low score 70 (-2) Tuesday morning, while Ainsworth followed close behind with a third round 71 (-1). The pair was only two of 12 golfers to shoot under par in the third round.
Ainsworth jumped seven spots on the leaderboard and finished tied for ninth, his first top-10 finish of the season, with an even 216 after 54-holes.
Joey Savoie entered the third round at the top of the individual leaderboard but the sophomore carded a third round 77 (+5) and fell to seventh place. Savoie turned in a combined score of 215 (-1). The top-10 finish was Savoie's fifth of the season.
The Lions defeated Sunshine State conference rivals no. 5 Lynn University, two-time defending national champions no. 2 Barry University, no. 17 Florida Tech University, no. 13 Florida Southern, Rollins College and Eckerd College. Lynn finished nine strokes behind in second place, Barry finished in third at 12-over par, no. 10 Flagler College came in fourth (+17), and Florida Tech rounded out the top-five at 17-over.
1st - Team 859 (-5) 292-276-291
T7 - Joey Savoie 215 (-1) 70-68-77
T9 - Liam Ainsworth 216 (E) 73-72-71
11 - Ryan Gendron 217 (+1) 74-69-74
T12 - Erick Alonso 218 (+2) 75-67-76
T48 - Trevor Joseph 228 (+12) 77-81-70
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