April 18, 2011

Lions Fifth Moving into Final Day of SSC Championships

Saint Leo Open Tournament Five-Over 293

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's golf team, after competing as high as second-place, closed the first day of the Sunshine State Conference Championships in fifth-place, shooting a an 11-over 592 at the par-72, 6,714 yard Boca Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Overall, Nova Southeastern (290-287—577) leads the talent-laden field, shooting a one-over 576. The Sharks also lay claim to the top individual as Ricardo Celia (72-67—139) carded a five-under 67 in round two, improving upon his first round even par score to lead the 45-person field.

Barry (293-285—578) is second, while Florida Tech's (302-283—585) tournament-best 283 saw them lay claim to third entering the final day.

For Saint Leo, Nick Brothers (71-74—145) helped the Lions reach as high as second place in the mid-stages of the second round as he concluded day one tied for sixth at two-over. After concluding round one at one-under, Brothers continued his steady play with a three-over 74 during the second round.

The sophomore finished the day with six birdies and was in the top-15 in par-three, four, and five scoring.

Chaz Heinz (73-76—149) also had a solid afternoon as he sits in a tie for 16th with a five-over 149. Heinz's opened the Championships by posting a person-best one-over 73 and is tied for fourth with seven birdies over the first 36 holes.

Ronnie Carlson (75-74—149) joins Heinz in 16th, seeing a one shot improvement in the second round. Carlson made a dent in his scoring on the Par-5's, where he is tied for fourth at two-under in that category. He's also sank five birdies.

Meanwhile, Codi Daudelin (80-75—155) recovered from a subpar opening round to shoot three-over 75 in round two. Rick Briggs (74-84—158), on the other hand, connected on 24 par putts and opened the Championships with a first round, two-over 74.

Conditions are expected to be favorable for completion of the tournament as round two was interrupted due to rain.

Saint Leo will conclude the third and final round of the SSC Championships on Tuesday morning. The Lions will be paired with Florida Southern and Lynn and will tee-off between 8:45 a.m. and 9:21 a.m.