SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team is set to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance on Monday afternoon. The team is paired up with SSC Foe Rollins College, as well as Peach Belt opponent Columbus State. Nick Brothers will be the first Lion to tee-off at noon EST. Also, the squad enters the South/Southeast Region with the No. 21 ranking in the latest Golf Stat top-25.
In a season recap, the senior-laden group has collected four wins, including two during their championship session. The men solidified their regional big as they closed the year with a sixth-place finish at the Sunshine State Conference championships.
Mark McGuire as well as All-SSC Second Team members Cole Cisbani and JP Albuquerque, are the three seniors leading the team. On the course, the trio has combined to shoot seven rounds in the 60’s, including a school-record 64 by McGuire in October. Even more impressive, the seniors have shot only two combined rounds in the 80’S, leading many to believe that their chances of taming the challenging golf course are high.
Joining the veteran group is 2010 SSC Freshman of the Year Nick Brothers. He has sparked the Lions to low scores all season, collecting two top-10 finishes and one top-five finish. The Crystal River, Fla. native has compiled two rounds in the 60’s and is coming off an 18th-place finish at the SSC Championships. Tom Lynn has been consistent for the Green & Gold from beginning to end. The junior amassed three top-10 finishes and only posted one round in the 80’s.
With preparations for the tournament nearing an end, Head Coach Ray Cisbani has made his thoughts known on the teams’ chances of succeeding, “We feel good going into the tournament, and as long as we are healthy, I feel that we have 5 players that can shoot low.” He continued, “If our three seniors play the game that I know they can play, and junior Tom Lynn continues his steady play, it will let freshman Nick Brothers to continue play as he has all season, very solid. If we stick to the game plan, limit mental mistakes and trust our swings we should do well.”
Nationally, Albuquerque stands 17th in Division II in Par-3 scoring with a 3.12 average and Brothers ranks 67th in the country with 75.35 adjusted scoring average heading into the three-day event.
The field is made up of 26 teams with the top five teams advancing to the finals.