VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team opened action at the Thomas University Winter Invitational by firing an opening-round 34-over 318, Monday afternoon from the Par-71, 6,936-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Course in Valdosta, Ga.

Conditions didn’t play to anyone’s favor as high scores ruled for much of the opening round. Darton Community College currently leads all teams with a 17-over 301. Meanwhile, Webber International, Northwood, and Southeastern University each sit in a tie for second with an 18-over 302.

Individually, Southeastern’s Drew Matthews and Darton’s Taylor Welborn each fired back-to-back rounds of 36 to finish the day one in a tie for first place at one-over—72. Not one of the 61-person field could post a score even or under to par.

For the Lions, a pair of freshman led the charge as both Mark Sabatino and Codi Daudelin registered first round scores of eight-over 79 to finish in a tie for 25th.

Both saw their low-rounds come on the back nine as Sabatino carded a 38, while Daudelin scored a 39.

Sophomore Nick Brothers was only one shot behind his teammates as his score 40 on both the front and back saw him pencil in an 80 for round one.

Even with brothers was Ronnie Carlson as he also posted a solid round of 80. After registering a 42 to open play, the junior regrouped to tie Sabatino with a low score of 38.

Tom Lynn rounded-out the Lions’ quintet with a 10-over 81. Lynn also saw improvement on the back end of his round.

Currently, the Lions stand just nine shots out of a top-five finish and are 17 shots first place Darton.

The second and final round is scheduled to get underway Tuesday morning from the Kinderlou Forest Golf.