#2 Lions sit in first after round 1 of NCAA National Championships

DENVER, Colo. – With the cold and rain conditions in Tuesday's first round of the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course in Denver, Colorado, the Saint Leo men's golf team shot a 278 (-10) to head into the second round in first place overall.

The Lions charged ahead with the early morning tee time and shot a field best 10-under on the 7,327 yard par-72 Green Valley Ranch Golf Course. After shooting his best 18-low round score of the season, Hugo Bernard sits atop the leaderboard by himself with a three stroke lead. Bernard fired off his best round of the season by one stroke and finished with a 65 (-7).

After starting the championships with a 278 (-10) score after round one, Saint Leo's men's head golf coach Chris Greenwood said "It's a good start. But this is a long week and getting off to a good start is important but they don't hand out hardware after the first round; it's just a part of it and it's nice to be where we are at with a round under our belt heading into tomorrow. We look forward to it."

Bernard, who leads the individuals in total birdies with eight, shot a 31 (-5) on the front nine with a 34 (-2) on the back nine to make up his 65 score.

Joey Savoie and Liam Ainsworth joined Bernard in the under-par category as Savoie shot a three-under 69 and Ainsworth with a one-under 71. Savoie, tied for fifth, connected on five birdies for the round with two on the front and three on the back nine. Ainsworth, who is tied for 17th, recorded three birdies for his round

Ryan Gendron and Griffin Clark are both tied for 35th after shooting 73's (+1) on Tuesday morning. Gendron tied Aisnworth for number of birdies with three, where Clark had two birdies for the day.

In all, the Lions lead the teams in the field with 21 birdies and sit in second in pars with 59.

The Lions have the late tee time tomorrow as they tee off on hole 1 starting at 12:05pm MT with Griffin Clark. Saint Leo will look to add to their lead to end stroke play before the match play on May 20th.

1st –Team 278 (-10)
1st – Bernard 65 (-7)
T5 – Savoie 69 (-3)
T17 – Ainsworth 71 (-1)
T35 – Gendron 73 (+1)
T35 – Clark 73 (+1) 

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