SAINT LEO, Fla. – After a small hiatus following a fifth-place finish at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in early February, the Saint Leo women’s golf team has found themselves ranked a program-best 13th in the nation  in the latest Golfstat Division II rankings.

After debuting in 15th to begin the spring, the Lions jumped two spots up the rankings as they benefitted from impressive individual performances in their first tournament, particularly from senior Anna Riss.  Riss is ranked as the 16th player in Division II as she sees her name in the top-20 of nearly every individual scoring category.  The German ranks third in fairways hit and fourth in green in regulation.  She is 10th in subpar strokes per round, 17th in par-3 scoring and 15th in par-4 scoring.

In addition, the Golfstat Cup, a competition that ranks players across all NCAA Divisions as well as the NAIA and NCAA, ranks Riss as the 203rd best player in college golf.

Riss is not the only member of the team making waves as newcomer Suzanne Ervin is using her first season with Saint Leo to earn national rankings as well.  Ervin is 9th in the nation in fairways hit, 15th in total short game and 23rd in par-3 scoring.  The junior is ranked 99th in Division II.

As a team, Saint Leo stands at the top of Division II in fairways hit and third in its total short game.  The Lions rank sixth in green in regulation and seventh in subpar strokes per round.

Saint Leo will be back in action next week as they travel to Lakeland, Fla. to compete in the 10th Annual Lady Moc Classic played at the Eaglebrooke Golf Club.  The closest tournament to the Lions’ home will get underway with a Sunday practice round and the 54-hole tournament will get started with an 8:15am shot-gun start on Monday morning.