TAMPA, Fla. – It was a very competitive first round at the 2008 Saint Leo Invitational on Monday afternoon.  Out of a twelve team field that descended upon Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club this morning, the day’s play finished with one school posting a 22-stroke lead; and seven of the remaining teams within 11 strokes of second place.

The Florida Southern Moccasins ripped through the nearly 5,900 yard course as they saw all five ladies shoot under 80 with Heather Burgner posting a team-best, 2-over-par 74 which put her solo second place overall.  Teammates Kim Ulander and Marianne Andersson tied for third place as they carded a 3-over-par 75 to put FSC solidly in the lead with a first-round 300.

Second place, currently held by Lynn University, will be up-for-grabs tomorrow as Flagler College, Barry University, West Florida, Seminole Community College, Florida Tech and Saint Leo all look to move into the silver medal spot.

Tournament host Saint Leo University recorded a 333 to finish just 11 strokes behind the second place Fighting Knights.  Freshman Goeun Lee stands alone in 18th place after carding a first-round 81.  Her round was highlighted by two birdies and a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine.  Lee is among the leaders in par-5 scoring through the first 18 holes.  Junior Anna Riss, freshman Tricia Maloney and sophomore Kristina Carvallho finished the day a stroke apart of each other with rounds of 83, 84 and 85 respectively.

Pacing the field individually, Florida Tech’s Daniela Iacobelli stayed true to her National Championship form as she shot a first-round 73 and leads the tournament by one stroke.

The first group in the final round of the tournament will get underway tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.