TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf Alum Hank Lebioda picked up his first career Mackenzie Tour victory in dominant fashion on Sunday, shooting 20-under to win by eight strokes in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
Lebioda, a native of Winter Park, Fla., graduated from Florida State in 2016 as one of the program’s all-time great golfers. He became FSU’s career leader in par or better rounds (76), percentage of counting scores (93.4 percent) and birdies (467) from 2012-16.
The Seminole great played his best golf of his pro career this weekend, headlined by a pair of six-under 64s in each of his first two rounds. He then shot a 66 on Saturday and finished with another 66 in his final round on Sunday.
“I’m very proud of the way I competed this week,” Lebioda said. “It’s an honor to win my first event, but I know that this is only the beginning. I’ve worked very hard on my game this year and made some very important changes to how I approach practice and tournaments, and it’s great to see the work pay off.”
Lebioda’s eight-stroke margin of victory is tied for the largest win by an individual in the PGA Tour era of the Mackenzie Tour.
The Mackenzie Tour is otherwise known as PGA Tour Canada, as the PGA Tour acquired the Canadian tour in 2013. It was Lebioda’s third appearance on the Canadian Tour this season after making 11 appearances in 2016.
Last year, Lebioda accrued two Top-10 finishes at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open (tied for eighth) and the Freedom 55 Financial Championship (tied for ninth).
“Hank is a dedicated and professional in every way,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “This win is a result of his talent and commitment to his goals. None of us are surprised and all of us are extremely proud of Hank as a person, Seminole and golfer. Winning does amazing things for anyone’s confidence, especially when you win by a large margin. Carrying a big lead into a final round and continuing to play well is not as easy as most would think.”
As a senior at FSU in the 2015-16 year, Lebioda earned ACC Player of the Year honors. He became the third Seminole to win the conference’s top individual honor while also becoming just the 10th ACC golfer to win both player of the year and freshman of the year honors in a career.
The summer of 2017 has been a special one for Florida State Golf. Fellow Alum Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the second straight year on June 11, followed by Brooks Koepka winning the U.S. Open the following weekend – FSU’s fourth Major winner.
Rising redshirt senior Harry Ellis then went on a startling run back home in England when he won the Amateur Championship to qualify for The Open. As The Amateur champion, Ellis earns exemptions to the 2018 Masters and the 2018 U.S. Open in Shinnecock Golf Club in Long Island, N.Y.