WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team finished a disappointing ninth at the 2009 Sunshine State Conference Golf Championships played at the Lake Region Yacht & Country Club and hosted by Florida Southern College.
Saint Leo junior Cole Cisbani carded a final round 74 to finish 21st with a three-round total of 75-74-74--223. Sophomore Mark McGuire was just behind Cisbani with a 26th place finish (78-73-75—226), but their effort was not enough to get them out of ninth.
In tournament contention, fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern was able to hold off #13 Barry to win the Sunshine State Conference championship by five strokes. The Sharks’ Greg O’Mahony had a slightly more difficult finish, but he too brought a trophy back to Davie by defeating Florida Southern’s Brian Richey in a playoff for medalist honors.
Nova won its third SSC title in the last five years. The Sharks were able to pull ahead late Monday with a second-round score of 275, then came out Tuesday and shot a 283. That was four strokes better than Barry.
O’Mahony, whose second-round 66 included a hole-in-one, shot a 71 in Tuesday’s final round, and captured the SSC individual title for the second year in a row – and for the second year in a row, it came during a playoff.
Nova Southeastern’s final score of 16-under par meant the Sharks were one of three teams in the field to break par in the tournament. Barry finished at 11-under, and host Florida Southern was five-under.
Florida Southern finished third place in the final standings after the Mocs had started with a 297 in the opening round. They began the final round in fourth place, trailing Rollins by seven shots, but ended up 13 strokes ahead of the Tars at the end of the tournament. Instead of Rollins finishing fourth, it was Lynn, but the Mocs were still 12 strokes ahead of them.