ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – In what turned out to be a pleasant surprise for Head Coach Erika Brennan and the SLU Family, the women’s golf team claimed their first championship of the 2009-10 season as they won the Flagler Fall Slam on Tuesday afternoon.  In addition to the team championship, senior Anna Riss finished as the tournament’s individual champion.

Despite playing with just four competitors due to illness, the Lions still paced the field from the start as they posted a 36-hole total of 301-316—617 to lead second-place Embry-Riddle by five strokes. 

Individually, Riss claimed the individual championship with her two-round 71-74—145 as she was three strokes ahead of the second-place competitor.  The Lions’ second-place golfer was junior Suzanne Ervin, who rebounded from a mediocre first round to shoot a second-round 76 for a two-day 79-76—155 and finish 12th in the tournament.

Sophomore Tricia Maloney’s 75-82—157 was good enough for 21st and junior Kristina Carvalho round out the SLU four with a 76-84—160 which put her in 24th out of the tournament’s 93 competitors.

The win also sees Saint Leo post an important victory over Sunshine State Conference rivals Barry, Lynn, Florida Tech and Eckerd College.  The tournament win also marks an important region victory over both the in-conference schools and over other NCAA Division II schools that will help the Lions jump from their current 16th national ranking.

The Lions wrap up their fall season on the right foot as they will now begin to look toward their spring championship season as champions of their final fall event.  Saint Leo Women’s Golf will next take to the course in the 8th Annual Kiawah Island Women’s Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on February 6-7, 2010.