WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The 11th ranked Saint Leo men's golf team claimed its first tournament title of the 2015-16 campaign. The Lions rose to the top of an 18-team field, and ran away the title thanks to a seven-stroke lead.
Results: Saint Leo took down six top-10 teams at the Guy Harvey Invitational hosted by no. 1 Nova Southeastern. Three Lions finished tied for sixth place, five strokes behind John Coultas (Fla. Southern), the Individual Medalist.
Location: PGA National Resort and Spa | West Palm Beach, Fla.
|1st||Team 864 (E) | 286 -285 -293|
|T6th||Ryan Gendron 215 (-1) | 70 - 72 - 73|
|T6th||Joey Savoie 215 (-1) | 67 - 72 - 76
|T6th||Liam Ainsworth 215 (-1) | 73 - 71 - 71|
|T20th||Daniel Pico 220 (+4) | 77 - 70 - 73|
|T59th||Casey Bannon 228 (+5) | 76 - 73 - 79
|T25th||Riley Goss* 222 (+12) | 70 - 75 - 77 *Individual|
The Low Down
- Saint Leo won the Guy Harvey Invitational for the first time in program history. In the tournament's 11-year history, a member from the Sunshine State Conference has taken home the title. Barry has won the Guy Harvey the past two seasons.
- Ryan Gendron, Joey Savoie and Liam Ainsworth all finished tied for sixth place, The trio had individual scores of 215 (-1). Ainsworth led the Lions in the third round, and shot 71. Gendron carded a third round 73 and Savoie turned in a 76.
- Daniel Pico carded a 73 and improved from 30th place to finish 20th Tuesday. Casey Bannon and Riley Goss turned in a third round 79 and 77 respectively.
From the Coach
"It's always a great feeling to win. Considering the competition and the golf course this is a very good win. We weren't perfect which is understandable on a course of this caliber. We did enough things correctly to get the win."
The Rest of the Field
- The 18-team field included defending national champions and current no. 1 Nova Southeastern, no. 3 Barry, no. 5 Lynn, no. 8 Florida Southern, no. 9 Flagler, no. 10 West Florida, no. 16 North Alabama, no. 18 Florida Tech, and no. 24 Limestone.
- Saint Leo entered the third round with a seven-stroke lead over Lynn, but West Florida jumped from eighth to second thanks to a third round 289. The Argonauts finished seven-over par in second place.
- John Coultas took home Individual Medalist honors, jumping from ninth place to 1st after an invitational low -67- in the third round. The Florida Southern sophomore finished six-under par.
- Graham McAree (Indianaoplis) finished in second place, three strokes behind Coultas, while Chandler Blanchet (West Florida), Mario Beltran (Barry) and Juan Jose Guerra tied for third at two-under par.
- The Lions return to action Oct. 26-27 at the McDonough Cup in Orlando, Fla. Rollins will host the tournament at Rio Pinar Country Club.