WILSON, N.C. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team had their 2010 championship-filled season come to an end Wednesday afternoon, as they closed the final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional with an 11-over 293 and sole possession of seventh place. The squad missed out on a team finals berth by just two slots. Overall, the team played three tremendous rounds of golf and finished with a 15-over 867 (288-286-293—870) at the par-71, 6,839 yard Wilson Country Club.
Barry (283-281-281—845) claimed the South/Southeast Region team title and was followed by trio of Sunshine State Conference schools including Lynn, Florida Southern, and Nova Southeastern. Those four conference competitors, as well as Queens University of Charlotte from the Peach Belt Conference, will represent the region at the NCAA finals in two weeks.
Queens’ Ben Lasso also garnered individual medalist honors, as he finished the three-day event with an eight-under 205, including a third round four-under 67; the best combined score of the 108-person field.
Still, the surprise Lions made their mark in tournament, proving they are a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Leading the charge for SLU was the outstanding play of senior JP Albuquerque. The Londrina, Brazil native wrapped-up an unbelievable week of golf by notching the squads first-ever individual finals appearance. In the third round, Albuquerque tallied four more birdies en route to a one-under 71. His week total of 12 birdies ranked his sixth overall. He finished with week tied for the second-best individual score at five-under 208 (71-67-70—208), solidifying one of two available individual spots.
He ranked 12th in par-three scoring (2.83), 12th in par-four scoring (4.00), and 19th in par-five scoring (4.67), while his 41 total pars put him sixth. Those marks also solidified career highs for the senior.
Nick Brothers also contributed a solid third round posting a two-over 73. The freshman also accumulated his first three birdies of the week and finished three-day play with a 10-over 233.
Following their teammates on the final day of golf was Cole Cisbani and Tom Lynn. Cisbani struck for a birdie on the front nine, before paring eight of the next nine holes to close with a four-over 75. For the week, Cisbani amassed four birdies and scored a 17-over 230. After a tough first round, the New Port Richey, Fla. native demonstrated his competitive instinct by battling back to card a three-over 145 in rounds two and three.
Lynn, a junior from Lemont, Ill., finished the third round with a four-over 75. He hovered around that mark for much of the week, eventually carding a 10-over 223. He totaled four birdies and finished in the top group of made pars with 38.
Mark McGuire also finished his 2010 season in the 70’s. Sinking two birdies, the Clifton, N.J. native fulfilled his 18-hole requirement by shooting a seven-over 78. He also registered the Lions second-best individual score for the week with a nine-over 222, and sank 39 birdies.
While Albuquerque may not be calling it a career just yet, fellow seniors Cole Cisbani and Mark McGuire have displayed the Lions’ polo one last time. The trio will go down in helping leading one of the most successful seasons in program history.
Albuquerque will join Daniel Claytor of Barton College, as the other only individual from the South/Southeast regional to earn a final berth. The NCAA finals are scheduled to take place on May 17th-21st in Noblesville, IN. at the Sagamore Golf Club. Monday (May 17) is scheduled to be the practice round with round one action to take place on Tuesday, May 18th.
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