KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – In a solid showing to start their 2010 season, the Saint Leo women’s golf team finished fifth in the eighth annual Tusculum/Kiawah Island Women’s Golf Intercollegiate Sunday at Cougar Point Golf Club.

The Lions finished with a 36-hole 315-318—633 to end up 11 strokes ahead of Barry University.  Saint Leo saw senior Anna Riss improve her Saturday score by one stroke as she finished tied for ninth with a two-day 77-76—153.

Jordan Hatch, yesterday’s team leader, slipped to 21st after a disappointing 84 on the second day.  She was leaped by Suzanne Ervin who finished 17th with an 81-77—158. Tricia Maloney finished 46th (81-87—168) and Kristina Carvalho, recovering from illness, improved 11 strokes to finish 56th (92-81—173).

"I am proud of the girls for their efforts today," said Head Coach Erika Brenna. "Kristina had a great rebound round after a slow start yesterday, and I'm glad we held onto 5th place."

"We've still got to learn how to close out our rounds better - that will be a focus of ours at practices before our next tournament.  We've also got to improve our putting."

Daytona State carded a final round 296 to finish with a two-day tally of 602 to post the tournament win.

The Falcons won by six shots over Rollins, as the Tars finished with 608.  Florida Southern finished third with 609.

Belmont Abbey finished fourth with 616 with Saint Leo next in the order.  The Lions were followed by Barry (644), Newberry (659), Armstrong Atlantic (664), Lynn (664), Savannah College of Art and Design (668), Wingate (673), UNC Pembroke (683), host Tusculum (695), Lincoln Memorial (696), Mount Olive (707) and Columbus State (746).