LONGWOOD, Fla. – After a second-round performance that left SLU fans scratching their heads, the Saint Leo women’s golf team came out on Tuesday morning a refocused bunch as they put together an impressive final-round showing in the 35th Annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins College and played at the Alaqua Country Club. The Lions jumped three spots to finish in sixth place at the conclusion of the tournament.
Starting the day trailing Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn and Division III competitor Methodist University, the Lions saw three team members shoot in the 70’s for their final round as junior Suzanne Ervin’s 75 was the low-score for the team in round three.
Senior Anna Riss and freshman Goeun Lee each carded a 77 in the final 18 holes as SLU improved their team score by an astounding 18-strokes over Monday afternoon’s 329. Saint Leo finished the tournament with a team total 318-329-311—958, which was 58 strokes behind tournament champion Nova Southeastern, the nation’s top-seed.
Between NSU and SLU sat Daytona State College (307-304-301—912), host Rollins (306-305-303—914), SSC foe Florida Southern (309-311-304—324) and Belmont Abbey (320-314-314—948).
Despite a mixed performance, Riss took home the team’s best performer award as she finished tied in ninth position. Junior Jordan Hatch finished tied for 22nd while Ervin finished in 48th.
Rounding out the SLU lineup was Lee’s 48th-place finish and Kristina Carvalho’s 60-place spot.