BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Saint Leo University received some much deserved recognition Tuesday as the first Golfstat poll of the season was released. The Lions topped the rankings for the first time in program history.
"Being ranked No. 1 by golfstat after three tournaments is a nice testament to how well the guys have been playing," said head coach Chris Greenwood. "I'm proud of how hard they are working and happy to see the positive results."
Golfstat compiles results from every tournament played in Division II and releases relative rankings based on results. The Lions have the lowest scoring average in Division II with a 71.32. Saint Leo has gone head-to-head with 14 top-25 teams thus far and has compiled a record of 16-4-1. In the Sunshine State Conference, the Lions have gone 13-1-1.
Four of the top-five teams ranked are from the South/Southeast region. West Florida falls in third place, while Lee University and defending national champion Nova Southeastern rounds out the top-5. Barry and Florida Southern follow in sixth and seventh while West Georgia (9), North Alabama (13), Lynn (16) and Flagler (18) also ranking in the top-20.
The Lions are led by junior Joey Savoie. ranks 30th in the nation in score versus par. Savoie averages a score 70.33 after nine rounds of competition, and -1.33 under-par. Savoie has finished in the top-10 in two of the Lions three tournaments, including his best finish, tied for third at the Cougar Invitational presented by Aflac (9/21).
For complete Golfstat rankings, click here.