OCOEE, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team concluded the 2009 Rollins Invitational in 10th place, up three spots from their opening round position with a 24-over-888 (298-300-290=888). The men took to the tees to complete second round action in the early morning hours, before closing competition at the par 72, 7,095 yard Forrest Lake Golf Course in the afternoon.
After beginning the day in 13th-place, the Lions made a jump up the leader board to 10th-place; five shots behind SSC foe Florida Tech. The team shot a combined score of 300 in the second round and improved their score 10 strokes for an invitational-best 290 in the third round.
For the second time this fall season, senior Mark McGuire culminated action as the Lions’ top finisher. He shot a second-round best 71 and culminating the three-round invitational with a 1-over-217 (73-71-73=217). JP Albuquerque saved his best round for last, shooting a third round 71. His three-round total (76-74-71=221) was good enough for second on the Lions’ team and a 36th overall finish.
Rick Briggs rebounded from a second round 77 to shoot an even-par 72 in the final round. The Zephyrhills, Florida native ceased action with an individual score of 223 (74-77-72=223). The improved play continued for the Lions in the third and final round as Tom Lynn shot an impressive 74 and closing the two-day event with a 231 (79-78-74=231). Tom Crawford (75-81-77=233) rounded out the Lions’ team, as he posted his second score in the 70’s for the invitational.
Overall, Nova Southeastern took home the team crown with a 19-under-845. The Sharks were followed by St. Edward’s University and SSC challenger Barry .
Lynn’s Patricio Salem was the individual medalist, as he closed competition with an 11-under-205.
The Lions will now take a break from action until their Spring Championship season which is set to begin in February. Stay up-to-date with SaintLeoLions.com for additional scheduling information.