DESTIN, Fla. – Nick Brothers carded a three-under 69 to place himself atop the leaderboard at the University of North Alabama Invitational Monday afternoon. Overall, strong individual play led the team to an opening-round, even-par 297 from the par-72, 7028-yard Indian Bayou Golf Course in Destin, Fla. The scores put Saint Leo in second place moving into the final day of the Invitational.
Brothers, a Crystal River, Fla. native, had a solid start to the tournament as he followed his even-par 36 front nine with a three-under 33 over the final nine holes to solidify himself as the tournament leader. Brothers concluded his round with four birdies over the final five holes.
Ronnie Carlson sits in a tie for ninth, as he carded three birdies en route to a two-over 74, including an even-par front nine.
Rick Briggs had his first round highlighted by converting 11 par attempts. The junior opened the tournament by registering a one-over 37 over the front nine to finish with a score of four-over 76.
Chaz Heinz and Justin Foster bookended the Lions' quintet with identical six-over 78 scores. Heinz did his damage on the back nine as he fired a two-over 38. Foster, meanwhile, took advantage of the first nine holes as he fired an impressive one-over 37.
Host institution North Alabama currently holds a four-stroke advantage over Saint Leo as they fired a four-under 293. Following the Green and Gold is the University of Montevallo as they registered a five-over 303 after the first 18 holes.
On the opening round, Coach Ray Cisbani was pleased with the outcome, "I'm happy with our performance. We need to learn from today's mistakes and do what is necessary to avoid big numbers on the course tomorrow (Tuesday)."
Brothers and the Lions will return to the course on Tuesday, October 11, to finish-out the two round event. For the latest news, information, and updates on the men's golf team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.