COLUMBUS, Ga. -- No. 7 Saint Leo turned in a stellar third round at the Cougar Invitational presented by Aflac Tuesday morning. The Lions shot 8-under par to finish the tournament even par and tied for third place. Joey Savoie led the Lions with a third place individual finish.
The Basics Results: No. 7 Saint Leo finished third at #CIAFLAC15 thanks to an 8-par third round. The Lions finished even-par, only two strokes behind second place Lee University (-2). Host Columbus State won the Invitational at eight-under par. Location: Country Club of Columbus | Par 71, 6515 yards
The Lions shot the lowest round by any team in the Cougar Invitational Tuesday, scoring 276 (-8) as a team. Saint Leo collected 15 birdies and 1 eagle in the third round.
Ryan Gendron led the Lions with a low score 65 in the third round. Gendron's 6-under par was the lowest score recorded at the Cougar Invitational. The second lowest score in the tournament was 66, shot by Travis Waninger (Florida Tech), also in the third round.
Gendron recorded the team's lone eagle on the 15th hole. (par-5, 468 yards). Gendron also added four of the team's 15 birdies in the third round. Over 54-holes, Gendron collected eight birdies, all in the second and third rounds.
Three different Lions scored under par Tuesday. Joey Savoie followed Gendron at 2-under while Griffin Clark finished the third round with a 70 (-1).
Riley Goss competed as an individual and shot a third round 74, matching his first round score.
From the Coach
"This is a solid start to the season," said head coach Chris Greenwood. "The first round was a little shaky which is understandable with this being our first event of the year. We started building a little momentum late in the second round, and today we played really well. I'm proud of the guys and the way they battled."
Beyond the Scorecard
The Columbus Country Club Golf Course featured four par-threes, and Saint Leo averaged an Invitational best 2.75 on par threes, totaling a 5-under par average.
Savoie collected his eighth top-10 finish in the past two years. Savoie has finished in the top-5 in his last two outings. He finished tied for fourth at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
From the Tournament Field
Peyton Sliger (Lee University) was the Individual Champion, thanks to back-to-back 68s in the second and third round.
Only two strokes separated the top-5, Robert Mize (Columbus State) finished second (-5), while Savoie, and Reed Lindsey (Delta State) tied for third at (-4).
No. 19 Columbus State, Lee University, and no. 8 Florida Southern each finished with two golfers under par.
Georgia Southwestern and Lee University each finished with 47 team birdies, a tournament best. Lee finished second in the overall rankings while Georgia Southwestern finished tied for seventh.
The Lions will host its annual Saint Leo Invitational, Sept. 28-29 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Saint Leo will host 16-teams for a 54-hold tournament, nine of which are ranked in the top-25, and five top-10 teams.
Saint Leo finished 7th at last year's Saint Leo Invitational, and Joey Savoie led the team in third place as an individual.
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