2016 National Championship team honored this past weekend

2016 National Championship team honored this past weekend

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's golf team was honored this past weekend for their achievements this past May when they were crowned the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Champions. The team received their rings on Friday, Dec. 2 at a private dinner, before the unveiling of their championship banner during halftime of Saturday's men's basketball game against No. 9 Barry University in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

"I thought it was great," head coach Chris Greenwood mentioned. "I thought it was a nice way to honor a team that did something truly special last year. It was nice to have them all back on campus and to remember Griffin [Clark] and give his parents his Associate of Arts degree," Greenwood added.

During the first media timeout of the men's basketball game, Saint Leo University President Dr. William Lennox presented the late Griffin Clark's family with his Associate of Arts degree in memoriam. Clark was a member of the 2015-16 men's golf team and was the key factor in the team's national championship run. He clinched the crown in Denver winning the deciding matchup against Chico State. He passed away a few weeks after fulfilling his goal of winning a national championship on July 4.

During the halftime ceremony, the men's golf team's list of individual and team achievements during the 2016-17 season were feted. The 2016-17 culminated with the Lions' 3 to 2 medal-match win over Chico State (Calif.) in the championship match at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Course in Denver, Colo. 

Over the course of the entire 2016-17 season, Saint Leo men's golf won three tournaments and finished in the top 5 at 10 of 11 tournaments. The Lions set the NCAA Championship records in stroke play for the best 36-hole score at 551 strokes – 25 under par – and best 54-hole score at 838 strokes – 26 under par.

Following the team presentation, Saint Leo recognized Hugo Bernard. Bernard was crowned the 2016 Individual National Champion on May 19th when he won the stroke play of the NCAA Championships. Bernard became the first-ever national champion in school history – individual or team – when he finished the three rounds of stroke play with a 13 under par, 203 total. Bernard won the stroke play by two strokes over his nearest competitor. Bernard's stroke play scores eclipsed both the 36-hole and 54-hole championship records, set in 2012. In medal/match play, Bernard went 2-0-1 in his matchups winning his semifinal and championship matches by five and seven strokes, respectively.

Following both the recognition of the team as National Champions and Hugo Bernard as the individual National Champion, the team and fans watched as the National Championship banner was revealed above the North section of stands inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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