SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No. 2-ranked Saint Leo men's golf team is headed to Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne in Key Biscayne, Fla. to compete at the 2016 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Men's Golf Championships hosted by Barry University. The championship is on the par-72, 7,105-yard course and is setup for a three round, 54-hole tournament that starts at 8:30 am on Sunday, April 17th, and will conclude on Tuesday, April 19th.
Saint Leo will look to win its first conference tournament title in program history when they play the 54-hole tournament in three days. The SSC Tournament will feature all nine conference members, five of which rank among the nation's top-10. Saint Leo leads the elite as the second ranked program in Division II, and #4 Lynn and #5 Florida Southern fall in the top-5. Nova Southeastern ranks sixth, while Barry rounds out the top-10 with a rank of seventh.
The Lions enter the tournament and look to improve on their place from a year ago. At the 2015 tournament, Saint Leo finished sixth of nine teams with a team total of 889 after three rounds of 298-290-301.
Four of the five players from the team returned to the lineup this year as Joey Savoie led the pack last year with a seventh place finish with a 214 (70-71-73). Liam Ainsworth was second on the team with a 18th place finish after a three round total of 219 (75-69-75). Ryan Gendron was third on the team after carding a 224 (75-72-77), while Casey Bannon shot 232 (78-78-76), good enough for 33rd.
Last year, Lynn walked away with the team title after a total of 852. The Fighting Knights recorded a first round total of 284 before a second round 281 and a third round 287. Florida Southern's John Van Der Laan took home the individual title with a 207 with rounds of 67-71-69. The Moccasins had the second best player in the tournament as John Coultas shot a 210 for second place. Coultas fired off rounds of 67-70-73 to fall three strokes off of his teammate.