DII Men's Golf Championship: St. Leo's defeats Chico State to earn first NCAA title in program history
St. Leo's celebrates first NCAA title in program history <br>(St. Leo's Athletics Photo)</br>
St. Leo's celebrates first NCAA title in program history
(St. Leo's Athletics Photo)

DENVER, CO (May 21, 2016) - St. Leo University earned the first national title in school history, defeating Chico State 3-2 in a down-to-the-wire finish at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship at Green Valley Ranch.

The Lions, who had been so impressive all week with individual medalist Hugo Bernard and a record- setting team pace, clinched the trophy thanks to Griffin Clark’s three-stroke win over Kelley Sullivan in the fifth pairing.

Chico State got on the board first, with Justin Wiles taking advantage of Liam Ainsworth’s bogey on 17 to flip the scoreline and win by two strokes at -1. St. Leo canceled that out with Ryan Gendron’s seven-stroke victory against Matt Hutchens, but Lee Gearhart erased Joey Savoie’s lead on the back nine to win by three.

Bernard recovered from a slow start to beat Alistair Docherty by seven, and that set up Clark’s three-shot victory in the fifth slot to win as he tapped in for par on 18.

Saturday's team win completed a tournament sweet for St. Leo. On Thursday St. Leo freshman Hugo Bernard won the university’s first national championship in any sport, breaking the tournament record at -13 to capture the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf individual title.


- St. Leo’s golf title is the first in program history, but may not be the last – their men’s tennis team was scheduled to take on Hawaii Pacific later in the day in their D-II final in Denver.
- St. Leo was appearing in only its second NCAA Championships, and was third a year ago.
- It was the sixth year of the medal match-play team championship format. St. Leo is the third different Florida team to win it, along with Nova Southeastern (2012, 2015) and Barry (2013, 2014).


“We got off to a good start and that makes it easier on the coach and the players … It’s pretty amazing. To be the first in school history is unbelievable.” – St. Leo head coach Chris Greenwood
“We got through the first round, then got our biggest rival Lynn, which was almost a preview of today. It feels great to get it done – that was the goal the whole year. It feels good.” – St. Leo junior Joey Savoie

NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships – Team Final

[1] St. Leo 3, [2] Chico State 2

Justin Wiles (Chico State) def. Liam Ainsworth (St. Leo), -1
Ryan Gendron (St. Leo) def. Matt Hutchins (Chico State), -7
Lee Gearhart (Chico State) def. Joey Savoie (St. Leo), -3
Hugo Bernard (St. Leo) def. Alistair Docherty (Chico State), -7
Griffin Clark (St. Leo) def. Kelley Sullivan (Chico State), -3

Editors Note: Story by NCAA.com

Results For NCAA Division II Golf Championship
1CanadaHugo BernardCanada50065-66-72=203
2ScotlandCalum HillScotland40069-69-67=205
3NHGriffin BrownHollis, NH30069-67-70=206
4FLJohn CoultasValrico, FL30070-68-69=207
T5TXGarrett FeyMesquite, TX30073-66-69=208

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ABOUT THE NCAA Division II Championship

The National Championship of championship of NCAA Division II men's college golf teams. From its inception through 2010, it was a 72-hole stroke play team competition, with an additional award for the lowest scoring individual competitor. The team format changed starting in 2011 to 54 holes of stroke play followed by an eight-team single elimination medal match play competition. The 54-hole individual leader is the individual champion.

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