SAINT LEO, Fla. – 2009-10, a historic year for the Saint Leo men’s golf program, is now a measuring tool for future classes. The 2010-11 version of the program sees youth, enthusiasm, and potential take to the links. But lone senior Tom Lynn looks to bring the experience factor needed to regain the success of last year, while helping pave the groundwork for this season and beyond.
The 2009-10 season is one that Coach Ray Cisbani and other members will never forget. The Lions won four team titles over the course of the fall and spring, and eventually earned their first team berth into the NCAA South Region Tournament. Even more impressive, achievements at the NCAA’s saw former Lion JP Albuquerque selected as just the second men’s golfer in program history to produce a spot in the NCAA Finals.
The past is the past, however and Lynn is looking to help start a new chapter of success this season. The Lemont, Illinois native is entering his third and final year of competition with the Lions, and is expected to take the role of team veteran as the youthful group enters the championship portion of their schedule.
In two full years, Lynn has competed in 47 rounds for Saint Leo. As a junior, he posted scores in the 70’s during 24-of-25 rounds played. His progression has been steady over his career, demonstrating the ability to perform well in clutch situations. As a sophomore, the Accounting major was third on the team in birdies with 37 and lead the team with 240 pars in 22 rounds.
He continued that ability to score low during this past fall, as participated in a pair tournaments. He collected 13 birdies and shot a fall-low of even-par 72 at the Saint Leo Invitational.
Low-scoring efforts, in addition to countless practice hours and the ability to perform in the classroom, is what makes Lynn such a quality asset to the team, and essential in paving the way for the continued success of the men’s golf program.
About Lynn’s abilities, Coach Cisbani stated, “Tom is critical to what we are trying to do here. We lost multiple student-athletes last season due to graduation and their talents, ability, and leadership will be missed. However, I trust Tom learned a lot from those seniors and will carry that mentality over to this season. He has the skill and the mental toughness to assist this team to great heights.”
Lynn, along with sophomore Nick Brothers and a cast of others, look to begin another run at an NCAA appearance when they travel to Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla. to compete in the Titan Winter Invitational on February 7.