October 11, 2011

Brothers Nearly Tops Field in Indian Bayou Classic

DESTIN, Fla. - Nick Brothers carded a one-under 71 to finish tied for first place, but lost the tournament's title in a one hole playoff at the Indiana Bayou Classic on Tuesday afternoon. Overall, continued strong individual play led the team to a second-round, 11-under-286 from the par-72, 7028-yard Indian Bayou Golf Course in Destin, Fla.

As a team, the two-round 297-286—583 put Saint Leo in second place behind champion, and host the University of North Alabama.

On the tournament's second day, Brothers continued his solid play as he pushed through the 71 on the scorecard, just two strokes off his round one pace (69-71—140) to solidify himself at the top of the leaderboard.  Brothers concluded 36 holes knotted with Columbus State's Justin Grice (72-68—140).  The two would battle it out with extra play, where Grice would prevail for the individual title.

The team's best individual improvement on day two came from Justin Foster, whose second-round 69 was nine strokes better than day one.  He would finish in 14th place with a two day 78-69—147.

Ronnie Carlson finished in a tie for 21st with teammate Rick Briggs.  Carlson's 74-74—148 exactly matched the 76-72—148 of Briggs marking four Lions that finished in the top 21.

Chaz Heinz capped off the Lions' quintet with a two day total of 78-81—159.

Host institution North Alabama finished with a seven-stroke advantage over Saint Leo as they fired a two-day 293-283—576. Following the Green and Gold is Shorter University as they registered a 306-287—593.

The Lions will next pick up the clubs in Orlando, Fla. when they participate in the Rollins Invitational on October 24-25.