HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The No. 1 Saint Leo Lions men's golf team improved one spot in the final round and ended in third place out of the 18 teams in the field with a 891 total (+27) at the South/Southeast Regional Preview at the Mission Inn Resort and Club El Campeón course on Tuesday, March 1st.
The Lions moved from fourth place after two round to third place and pushed the gap to two strokes between third and the fourth placed No. 4 Nova Southeastern. Saint Leo finished nine strokes off of second place No. 2 Chico State.
Hugo Bernard led the way for the Lions after carding a third round 75 to end with a 218 (+2). Bernard fired off rounds of 73-70-75 to make up his total in the three rounds to finish in fourth overall. Bernard finished the day with three birdies.
Liam Ainsworth climbed seven spots in the final ranks to finish tied in eighth with a final round 74. Ainsworth carded rounds of 76-72-74 for a 222 (+6) for the tournament. Ainsworth carded the only eagle for the Lions during round two.
Joey Savoie ended the tournament in a tie for 15th place with a 227 (+11) total after shooting a 75-75-77 tournament total. Savoie finished the day with four birdies which was second best on the team.
Casey Bannon jumped the most in places on the team after firing off a final round of 73 for his 227 (+11) total. Bannon, who moved from tied for 38th after two rounds went to tied for 15th, drained five birdies on the day and finished with eight overall for the tournament. Bannon had rounds of 75-79-73.
Ryan Gendron rounded out the starting five for Saint Leo with a final 232 (+16) after rounds of 76-76-80 to tie for 40th.. Gendron had three birdies Tuesday and ended in a tie with Bannon for eight in the tournament.
Playing as individuals, Riley Goss tied for 35th with a 75-78-78 = 231 (+15) three round total. Goss hit two birdies on the final round of play. James Jessop took 73rd after a final round 86. Jessop shot a 83-76-86 = 245 (+29).
Saint Leo hits the course again on March 13th when they travel to participate in the Southeastern Intercollegiate at Valdosta State in Valdosta, Georgia for a three day tournament.