HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - If the Saint Leo men's golf team would've shot in both rounds what they did in the second round of the NCAA Regional on Tuesday, May 3rd (-8), or even half of their second round total in the first round, the Lions would be sitting in first place with a comfortable lead. Saint Leo is sitting in fourth heading into the final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional.
Saint Leo fired off an eight-under 280 in the second round of the regional to bring their 36-hole total to 578 (+2). The Lions are sitting in fourth at two-over for the tournament thus far with one round of 18 to go. Saint Leo climbed six spots after Tuesdays round and head into the final round four strokes off the club house leader, Lynn University (-2).
In the second round, the Lions had the best round on the course. Eighteen of the 20 teams added strokes where two teams dropped strokes. Saint Leo dropped the most, eight, in the second round where Florida Southern was the only other school on the day to go negative, going minus-four to bring their two-round total to plus-one (577).
Hugo Bernard sits in a tie for eighth (-1) heading into Wednesday's round where Joey Savoie is tied for 16th (+2), Griffin Clark and Liam Ainsworth are tied for 21st (+3) and Ryan Gendron sits in a tie for 32nd (+5).
"It was a nice bounce back round after a tough first round yesterday; the guys played great today." head coach Chris Greenwood mentioned after the team posted an eight-under second round score.
Joey Savoie, Liam Ainsworth and Ryan Gendron returned to the course determined to perform better than Monday's round. Savoie, Ainsworth and Gendron all dropped stokes in the second round as Savoie is sitting at plus-two for the tournament. Ainsworth is sitting at plus-three, knocking off three stokes in the second round. Gendron, who was at plus-seven after round one, finished round two at two-under, 70, to finish the 36-holes with a plus-five.
Hugo Bernard is still leading the team in the individual leaderboard as he is at one-under (143) for the tournament after carding an even par, 72, in today's round. Bernard started off strong with three birdies on three of the first five holes he faced. Starting on the back nine, Bernard fired off a three-under, 34, on the back nine before adding three strokes on the front nine behind one bogey and a double-bogey.
Joey Savoie climbed 45 spots to sits in 16th and was second on the team as he is plus-two (146) going into the final round. Savoie carded four birdies compared to his one bogey in the second round to finish with a 69 (-3) for the day. Savoie started off with two birdies and one bogey on the back nine for a one-under, 36, before turning it over to a two-under, 33, on the front nine.
Griffin Clark and Liam Ainsworth are tied at plus-three (147) for the tournament. Ainsworth climbed in the leaderboard as he carded a second round 69 (-3), tying Savoie for the low round on the team for the day. Ainsworth led the team with birdies on the day with six, where he had one bogey and a double-bogey. Ainsworth had a one-under 36, on the first nine holes he played before a two-under 33 on the front nine to head into the club house in 21st place at three-over.
Clark added three strokes to his tournament total and is tied with Ainsworth in 21st with a three-over (147) two round total. Clark finished the back nine at even with one birdie and one bogey. On the front nine, Clark carried his even-par score to one under with a birdie on hole three before recording two bogey's and one double-bogey to end the round.
Ryan Gendron was second on the team in birdies for the round with five, turning in a two-under 70 for the day. Gendron finished the back nine at two-under (35), while he had an even-par 35 on the front on three birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey. Gendron sits at five-over (149) heading into tomorrow's round.
Lynn is the current leader in the clubhouse at two-under (574) heading into the final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional after carding a 292 (+4) in Tuesday's round. West Florida's Chandler Blanchet and Lynn's Manuel Torres are still tied after two rounds at eight-under (136).
Saint Leo returns to the Mission Inn Resort & Club El Campeon course for the final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on Wednesday, May 4th. The third round will be a shotgun start at 7:30 am where the Lions will be part of the lead group coming down the stretch.