WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – In their 54-hole tournament debut of the 2009 season, the Saint Leo women's golf team completed 36-holes on day one as they headed into the clubhouse on Monday evening in eighth place at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins College.
Junior Anna Riss and Sophomore Kristina Carvalho tied for team low in round one, each posting a six-over, 78 as the Lions shot 319 as a team.
Freshman Goeun Lee fired an 81, while fellow freshman Tricia Maloney managed an 82. Rounding out the scoring for the Lions was senior Meghan Costello with 86.
Saint Leo would shave the one stroke off their team score and tie the school record of 318 in the second round.
Battling through illness, Riss tied the lowest 18-hole score in the program's history with her second round 73 that bumped her into the 10th spot individually in the 76-player field. Her nine-hole scores of 36-37 proved to be the tilt as she now qualifies for single-season stroke average with a school record 78.82.
Lee cracked the 80 barrier in round two by carding 78 for a two-round 159. Carvalho managed an 84 for a 162 total and Maloney (83-165) and Costello (86-172) rounded out the scoring for the Lions on day one.
Pacing the field is Florida Southern, with tournament host Rollins College only 3-strokes back. Nova Southeastern, Lynn University and Ferris State round out the top-5. Saint Leo is currently eighth and will be paired with Belmont Abbey and West Florida when they begin play on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.