Bernard and Savoie pace men’s golf on NCAA leaderboards

Bernard and Savoie pace men’s golf on NCAA leaderboards

DENVER, Colo. – Saint Leo men's golf carded a 15-under 273 in Wednesday's second round to extend its team lead to 11 strokes at the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship.

The Lions finished the round with two-day total of 551 (-25) to remain atop the team leaderboard, while Chico State held onto second place with a 562 (-14) after carding a 280 on Wednesday. Barry posted a 277 in round two and climbed to third place overall with a 565 (-11).

All four of Saint Leo's scoring golfers were under par on Wednesday.

"It's always good to have red numbers next to your name," said Chris Greenwood, Saint Leo's head men's golf coach. "This golf course can be played a lot of different ways, and we're playing it aggressively. It fits the way we play golf because there's a lot of risk and reward. It looks good to all our eyes, to be honest with you – even me as the coach."

Freshman Hugo Bernard and junior Joey Savoie each fired a six-under 66 on Wednesday, and are first and second respectively on the individual leaderboard. Bernard finished round two at -13 (131), four strokes ahead of Savoie at -9 (135).

Bernard started the day with a bogey on the par-4 1st hole, then proceeded to post birdies on three holes on the front nine and four more on the back nine at the par-72, 7,327-yard Green Valley Ranch Golf Course. Through 36 holes, Bernard is averaging 4.00 strokes on the par-5s at Green Valley Ranch with a combined score of eight-under.

"It's pretty wide," said Bernard about the course. "I love the par-5s – they are all reachable for me," said Bernard, who estimated he was driving approximately 340 or 350 in Colorado's thin air.

"I'm maybe hitting it too far sometimes," laughed Bernard after Wednesday's round

Savoie had a similar round. He posted a bogey on the par-5 2nd hole, then proceeded to card birdies on 4 and 9 on the front, with five birdies on the back nine. Savoie did most of his damage to the Green Valley Ranch course on the par-4s, where he was five-under and averaged 3.75 strokes.

"It's a lot of fun to watch them (Bernard and Savoie). They've worked real hard all year, and now you get to the last tournament of the year and watch them play well. It's exciting," said Greenwood.

Senior Liam Ainsworth fired a two-under 70 on Wednesday and is tied for 18th overall at -3 (141) through 36 holes. Redshirt sophomore Griffin Clark posted a one-under 71 and was further back tied for 28th overall at even par (144).

Junior Ryan Gendron posted a seven-over 79 in the second round, giving him an eight-over 152 for the tournament. He heads into the third round in a five-way tie for 83rd overall.

Saint Leo will tee off for its third and final round of stroke play on Thursday afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time off no. 1 tee. Bernard will be the last to tee off at 1:44 p.m.

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