LAKELAND, Fla. – Fighting brutal conditions on the final day of the Lady Moc Classic, the Saint Leo women’s golf team may have seen some rough play and wet greens get the best of them as they slipped to a fifth-place finish at the tournament hosted at the Eaglebrook Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday.  Posting a three round total 310-321-343—974, the Lions missed a golden opportunity to close the rankings gap between themselves and the teams that leapfrogged them during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Falling 22 strokes from their second-round 321 once they hit the clubhouse for the final time, Saint Leo saw junior Suzanna Ervin’s third-round 81 as best individual score of the five SLU contenders.  With the play on the course very different from the first 36 holes, the Lions still managed to finish in the top-5 despite not breaking 80 on the individual side.  That can be attributed to good first-round showings from Ervin, Goeun Lee and Anna Riss; who all shot mid-70’s to put the Lions in a top position.

Ervin wrapped up the tournament as the Lions’ best performer as she finished in 15th with a three-round 77-82-81—240.  Riss and Lee finished knotted for 21st as Riss clicked off a 76-77-90—243 on her card while Lee finished 74-83-86—243 on hers.

Junior Jordan Hatch finished in 35th place with her 83-79-90—252 as the final team-counting scorecard for the Lions.  Kristina Carvalho rounded out the Saint Leo contingent with a 40th-place performance with a three-round 87-85-86—258.

Rebounding from the disappointing third day, the Lions will travel to Orlando, Fla. next weekend where they will compete against top teams from the Sunshine State Conference and the South Region in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins College.  Things will begin with a Sunday practice round at the Tuscawilla Golf Club and the 36-hole competition will get underway on Monday morning.