Saint Leo finishes fifth at McDonough Cup

Saint Leo finishes fifth at McDonough Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The top-ranked Saint Leo University men's team completed the second round of the McDonough Cup Tuesday morning and immediately rolled into the third round at the Rio Pinar Country Club. The Lions finished seven-under par and tied for fifth place, 19 strokes behind the top team. 

The Basics
Results: Saint Leo finished tied for fifth after 54-holes of golf. The Lions shot five-under par in the second round and even in the third and final round. No. 9 Lynn University took home the team title, and finished 28-under par. 
Location: Rio Pinar Country Club | Par 72, 6955 yards

T5th Team 857 (-7) | 286 - 283 -288
T7 Ryan Gendron  211 (-5) | 72-68-71
T12 Liam Ainsworth  212 (-4) | 70-72-70
T37 Joey Savoie  218 (+2) | 72-70-76
T37 Daniel Pico  218 (+2) | 72-73-73
T97 Griffin Clark  227 (+11) | 77-76-74
Riley Goss*  223 (+7) | 72-73-78








The Low Down

  • Ryan Gendron led the Lions for the first time this season, and shot under par in the second and third round. Gendron collected his lowest 54-hole score of the year, besting his previous low 215 by four strokes. Gendron shot a team low 68 in the second round. 
  • Liam Ainsworth also bested his low-54 score by one stroke, collecting a tournament 212. His previous low score was 213 shot at the Saint Leo Invitational. Ainsworth was the only other Lion to shoot two rounds under par. 
  • Joey Savoie turned in his lowest round of the tournament in the second round, and carded a two-under par 70. Savoie finished tied for 37th at two-over. 
  • Daniel Pico also scored a 218, while Griffin Clark turned in a tournament 227. 
  • Riley Goss competed as an Individual and collected a 223. 

The Rest of the Field

  • Matteo Gomez (Lynn) was the individual medalist after defeating Emil Sorebo (Rollins) in the second playoff hole. Both birdied #10 in first playoff hole and Gomez birdied #18 to beat Sorebo (par). The pair finished 10-under par after 54-holes of competition, each turning in two rounds under 70, but Sorebo collected the lowest round of the tournament, a 64 in the first round. 
  • Lynn is the returning champion after posting a tournament-record score of 853 a year ago. 
  • Lynn had three golfers score in the top-3. 
  • No. 15 Flagler finished in second at 13-under par, no. 5 West Florida finished at 12-under par, while no. 6 Florida Southern finished fourth (-9). No. 17 Georgia Southwestern tied with Saint Leo in fifth. 

Up next

  • The Lions will go on winter hiatus and return to action at the Matlock Collegiate Classic Feb. 8. The Classic is hosted by Florida Southern at the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla.