SAINT LEO, Fla. -- After a record-breaking first day at the Saint Leo Invitational, the Lions improved on an already stellar outing thanks to a 5-under par third round Tuesday. While 11 teams shot under par in the first two rounds, the Saint Leo men's golf team was only one of four teams shoot under par in the third and final round.
Results: No. 11 Saint Leo finished third at the annual Saint Leo Invitational. The Lions shot 5-under par in the third and final round to improve to -23 after 54-holes. Saint Leo finished five strokes off the leader Barry.
Location: Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, Saint Leo Fla. | Par 72, 7,137 yards
|3rd||Team 841 (-23) | 283 - 275 - 283|
|T6th||Daniel Pico 207 (-9) | 71 - 67 - 69|
|T12th||Joey Savoie 209 (-7) | 72 - 68 - 69
|T18th||Liam Ainsworth 213 (-3) | 68 - 69 - 76|
|T32nd||Ryan Gendron 217 (+1) | 76 - 71 - 70|
|T38th||Griffin Clark 218 (+2) | 72 - 71 - 75
|Casey Bannon 222 (+6) | 75 - 71 - 76 *Individual|
|T55th*||James Jessop 223 (+7) | 74 - 74 - 75 *Individual|
Marcus Crowe 223 (+7) | 72 - 75 - 76
|T69th||Riley Goss 227 (+11) | 73 - 82 - 72 *Individual|
The Low Down
- Daniel Pico and Joey Savoie each shot the Lions low round of 69. The pair started on the fifth hole, and Savoie's first nine holes put him 3-under par thanks to four birdies. Pico bloomed a little later, thanks to an eagle on the second hole. Pico eagled the second hole, a par-5, 549 yards look. Pico's 69 followed a solid second round 67, while Savoie shot a 68 in the second round. Pico finished tied for 6th, his first top-10 finish of the 2015-16 season. Savoie finished tied for 12th.
- Ryan Gendron improved each round of the Saint Leo Invitational, and shot a 70 in the third and final round, shaving six strokes from his first round score. Gendron finished tied for 32nd.
- Liam Ainsworth and Griffin Clark rounded out the Green and Gold's team, with ties for 18th and 38th respectively. Ainsworth finished three-under par after 54 holes, while Clark finished two-over.
- Casey Bannon, James Jessop Marcus Crowe, and Riley Goss represented Saint Leo as Individuals. Goss shot his best score of the Invitational Tuesday, carding an even 72.
The Rest of the Field
- No. 3 Barry won the Invitational thanks to an even second round. The Buccaneers finished 28-under par, with 12 birdies in the third round. Mario Beltran led the Bucs with a second-place individual finish, just one stroke back from medalist Mateo Gomez. Beltran eagled the 11th hole (Par 5, 559 yards) in the third round, his second in two rounds. Beltran drained a hole-in-one in the second round. (Par 3, 146 yards).
- Mateo Gomez, a junior from Lynn University, birdied his last hole to break a three-way tie for first place and take home medalist honors. Gomez finished 15-under par, and followed his first and second round 65-63 with a third round 73.
- North Alabama finished in third, just three strokes behind Barry. UNA was led by Michael Peter, who finished tied for second place. Peter shot a third round 71 (-1), and totaled a 202 after 54-holes.
- The Lions return to action Oct. 12- 13 at the Guy Harvey Invitational, hosted by Nova Southeastern. Saint Leo will play at PGA National Resort and Spa in West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Saint Leo will play in its final fall tournament of the season at the McDonough Cup in Orlando Fla. Oct. 26-27.