Gendron 2nd, men’s golf 6th at Argonaut Invite

Gendron 2nd, men’s golf 6th at Argonaut Invite

PENSACOLA, Fla. – In their last outing of the 2016-17 regular season, the Saint Leo men's golf team turned in their best score of the spring season after a sixth place finish at the Argonaut Invitational. The Lions shot a 587 (+11) behind senior Ryan Gendron's seven-under 137.

As a team, Saint Leo fired off a 294 to open the tournament before a 293 second round to make up their 587 total.

After the field got through 16 holes on Monday, the players returned to the course and completed the remaining 20 holes where Ryan Gendron capped off his first round 69 and then shot a 68 to end the tournament with a 137. Gendron climbed two spots to finish tied for second after the first round score put him in fourth.

Simon Knutsson soared 14 spots to finish tied for 28th after a final round 72. Knutsson added his even-par score to his first round 76 to end with a 148 (+4).

Playing as an individual, Riley Goss came in just behind Knutsson with a five-over 149. Goss shot a first round 76 to sit in 42nd and moved up nine spots to finish tied for 33rd after his final round of one-over 73.

Casey Bannon, CJ Tyler, and Colin Warren were all tied for 35th after the first round where the trio of golfers turned in 75's. Bannon would turn in a 76 for the second round to finish with a 151 (+7) in 42nd place, where Warren ended the tournament just outside of that at in 49th. Warren added a 77 to his total for his 152 (+8).

Tyler wrapped up the final Saint Leo golfers with a 158 (+14) good enough for 63rd out of the 78 golfer field. Tyler shot an 83 over the last 18 to end the regular season.

The Argonaut Invitational was scheduled to be a 54-hole tournament before weather caused it to be shortened to 36-holes where the field concluded the first round Tuesday prior to the start of the second round. 

No. 1 West Florida finished 18-strokes ahead of the next team, Missouri-St. Louis, where the Argonauts shot a 558 (-18) on their home course. West Florida shot a 283 to open the tournament before a 275 to end the invitational. Chandler Blanchet finished five strokes ahead of Ryan Gendron (Saint Leo) and Henry Westmoreland (West Florida), with a 132 (-12). Blanchet played consistent over the two rounds with a 66 in both rounds. 

Saint Leo returns to the course when they travel back to Melbourne, Fla. to compete in the Sunshine State Conference Championships at Duran Golf Club on April 23-25.

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