DADE CITY, Fla. - - The Wilmington University golf team capped its first tournament of the 2018 spring season with a 302 in the third round at the Saint Leo Invitational on Tuesday, finishing in eighth place at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.
The Wildcats posted a three-round, two-day score of 896, shooting rounds of 307-287-302 to finish at 32-over par. They finished ahead of Nebraska-Kearney in eighth place out of 12 teams.
Half of the field was filled with nationally ranked teams, as third ranked Nova Southeastern won the tournament with a three-round score of 845 (-19). Nationally 20th ranked Lee University finished second with an 853 (-11) while host Saint Leo rounds out the top three with an 859 (-5).
Senior Joey Russo led the Wildcats with a 73 on Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 22nd overall with a three-round score of 77-71-73 for a 221 (+5). Russo was in the top 20 of the tournament on par three scoring, finishing at one-over par for the tournament.
Sergio Ronchel and Enrique Valverde each shot a 75 on Tuesday, each moving up two spots on the leaderboard. Ronchel shot a 76-72-75 for a 223 (+7) to finish in a tie for 27th while Valverde shot a 77-72-75 for a 224 (+8) and in a tie for 32nd overall. Valverde shot five-under par on the par five holes this week, ranking in the 10 of the field. Ronchel had 36 pars in the tournament, the 11th most in the field.
Ryan Rucinski rounded out the Wildcat score on Tuesday with a 79, finishing in a tie for 55th overall with a 234 (+18). Rucinski shot an 80-75-79 for his 234, tying with teammate Zach Moore who went 77-72-85 for his 234.
Braden McKay played as an individual during the tournament, improving each round to finish with a 230 (+14). He shot a 78-77-75 to finish in a tie for 44th overall. McKay also posted a score of five-under par on the par five holes.
Nationally fourth ranked Juan Jose Guerra won the tournament by four strokes, shooting a 66-66-69 for a 201 (-15). Lee University's Scott Odell posted a day's low 68 in the final round to jump into second place, shooting a 67-70-68 for a 205 (-11). Lander University's Conor Richards rounds out the top three with a 66-70-70 for a 206 (-10).
The Wildcats have a month off before returning to action, as they will take part in a four-team tournament at the ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, hosted by Jefferson on March 27.