FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After tackling the first 18 holes, the Saint Leo women’s golf team sits in sixth spot with a 321 in the 2009 NSU Shark Invitational played at the par 72, 6,163 yard Palmer Course at PGA National.

Senior Anna Riss, who only needed 28 putts for the entire round, shot a 2-over-74 as she posted two birdies and was 5-for-8 with par saves in leading the Lions. 

"Anna continues to play with such confidence,” Head Coach Erika Brennan said about her lone senior. “When she misses a green, she trusts herself to make the par save, and she is doing so much better at staying in the moment.  She was 2-under-par through her first 10 holes, and although she didn't close out her round the way she wanted, she continues to give herself chances to contend for medalist honors against very strong competition."

The Lions are sixth of 13 teams, with the tournament led by host Nova Southeastern, who shot 297 in the first round, with SLU 24 strokes back heading into the second day. Saint Leo is also ahead of Sunshine State Conference opponents Lynn and Florida Tech as this marks the first time that SLU has scored better than national power Lynn after a round of play.

As far as the rest of the team, newcomer Jordan Hatch shot an 8-over-80 and Kristina Carvalho posted an 83 after the first round.  Finishing off the Lions’ lineup on day one, Goeun Lee posted an 84 while Suzanne Ervin scored an 88.

"The ladies held it together out there today in fairly windy conditions,” said Brennan.  “I am pleased at where we sit in the field, and I know that the ladies are fired up and ready to play even better tomorrow."

The Lions will look to improve on their sixth place standing as they head back out to the course for the second round that begins early Tuesday morning.