Lions ready for 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championship

Lions ready for 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championship

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- The 2015 Saint Leo University men's golf team has already written itself in to the record books, but the story isn't over yet as five golfers will travel to Conover, N.C. for the final rounds of the season. Head coach Chris Greenwood as put together a lineup that has collected nine individual top-10 finishes throughout the season. 

The Championships will be held May 18-22, on the par-71, 7,021 yards Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C. The championships are hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University and feature 108 participants. 20 teams and eight individuals will vie for the title of NCAA Champion. 

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NCAA DII Men's Golf | Rock Barn Golf Club & Spa | Conover, N.C. 

No. 7 Saint Leo enters the tournament as the five seed from the South/Southeast Region. For the first two rounds, the Lions will be paired with Le Moyne College, the four seed from the Atlantic/East Regional, and West Texas A&M, the five seed from the South Central/West Reginal.

On Monday, Saint Leo will tee off beginning at noon. Sophomore Casey Bannon will kickstart the Lions on the tenth tee, followed by Liam Ainsworth, Joey Savoie, Ryan Gendron and James Jessop.  

At the South/Southeast Regional hosted by Saint Leo at Lake Jovita Golf and County Club, Jessop led the Lions in a tie for fourth place (-4), while Gendron joined Jessop in the top-15, in a tie for 14th place (+1). Gendron carded 13 birdies over the course of 54-holes. Savoie followed in a tie for 39th (+8). Liam Ainsworth finished in 57th (+17). 

The NCAA Championship will consist of both team and individual competition. Monday through Wednesday, all 20 teams and eight individuals will complete 54-holes of stroke play. Following three rounds, an individual champion will be declared along with the remaining top-10 finishers.

Beginning Thursday, the top-eight teams will be placed into a bracket and seeded based on 54-hole scores. The top-eight teams will then continue on into medal/match play. Each team match will consist of five points, one being awarded for each individual match. Each individual match will be played to its completion and the first team to win three points within the match will advance.