PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s golf team (313-310—623) fired a first day 47-over 623 to conclude day one of the 2011 Argonauts Invitational in 13th-place at the Par 72, 6,815 Yard Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola, Fla.
Periods of clouds, wind, and rain dominated the scene in Pensacola as teams saw higher than average scores.
Host school, the University of West Florida (286-298—584), leads the 14-team tournament after posting an eight-over 584, including a tournament-best two-under 286 in round one. Georgia College (298-287—585) is second going into the final day of the tournament with a nine-over 585, and Belmont Abbey (293-193—586) is nipping at both team’s heels at 10-over 586.
West Florida’s Ryan Black (70-70—140) leads the 73-person group as he carded a four-under 140. Meanwhile, Belmont’s Adam Hedges (71-70—141) is one stroke off the lead pace tallying a three-under 141. South Carolina-Aiken’s Hayden Letien (68-74—142) rounds-out the top three as he sits with a two-under 142 moving into the final day. Letien posted a tournament-best score of four-under 68 in the first round of the Invitational.
As for Saint Leo, each of the Lions finished the first day between 51st and 64th. Chaz Heinz (79-76—155) paced the Green & Gold with an 11-over 155. Heinz saw a three stroke improvement in his score during the second round as he finished with a team best four-over 76.
Codi Daudelin (78-78—156) also saw steady play for much of the afternoon, signing his card just stroke behind Heinz for the team lead.
Freshman Mark Sabatino (70-78—157) registered a 13-over 157 while Nick Brothers (81-78—159) saw a three-shot improvement in the second round as he finished six-over 78.
Tom Lynn (77-82—159) couldn’t keep his first round, five-over 77, pace going as he concluded day one at 15-over 159.
The Lions will wrap-up the Argonauts’ Invitational on Tuesday, March 1 when Lynn and Lions have a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m.