LONGWOOD, Fla. – Playing in another endurance-testing tournament, where 36-holes are contended on the first day, the Saint Leo women’s golf team again started hot but slipped in the late stages of the day as they sit in ninth place heading into tomorrow’s final round at the 35th Annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins at the Alaqua Country Club.

Round one saw the Lions card a team-total 318; good enough for fifth place as junior Jordan Hatch led the Lions in second-place with a 73, four strokes better than her nearest teammate, Anna Riss, who finished the first 18-holes in 15th.

Heading back out for the second trip around the 5,934-yard course, the Lions would struggle as they carded a second-round 329, 11-strokes worse than their opening round score.  The second-round struggles would see four teams leap-frog the Green & Gold as SLU found themselves in ninth as the headed into the clubhouse.

Riss was the only Lion to improve her performance in the second go-around as she shaved three strokes from her first round score to finish with a 74, good enough for fifth place.

Hatch dropped to 18 after a second-round 84.

The Lions will head out early Tuesday morning to wrap up the tournament and look to gain back some positions in the final round.