#2 Lions place four on Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist list

#2 Lions place four on Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist list

Official Release

NORMAN, Okla. – On Friday afternoon, Four Saint Leo men's golfers were named semifinalists for the Division II Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol.

Senior Liam Ainsworth, juniors Ryan Gendron and Joey Savoie, and freshman Hugo Bernard each earned a spot on the semifinalist list after their solid performances this season. The Lions' who are currently ranked No. 2 in Golfstat, are coming off a runner-up finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championships. Gendron claimed Saint Leo's highest finish, taking home All-Tournament honors with a second place finish.

Saint Leo has the highest representation of any single school on the list with four. The SSC has 12 total athletes on the 30-man list.

Finalists will be announced on May 12.

Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced June 2 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club. In addition to receiving the the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship, held July 14-17, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 4 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus learned the game of golf as a young boy.

On the year, Ainsworth and Savoie lead the team with top-10 finishes as they each have five a piece. Gendron and Bernard are tied with four a piece heading into the NCAA postseason. 

The last time out, Gendron took a run at the SSC Medalist honors at the SSC championships this past Tuesday in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Lions finished in second with a 899 (+35), 12-strokes off SSC champion Lynn. Ainsworth tied for sixth at the tournament as Savoie tied for eighth and Bernard tied for 20th. 

Saint Leo heads to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. for the South/Southeast Regional hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Sunshine State Conference on May 2nd through May 4th.