FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s golf team has put itself in perfect position for the program’s best-ever finish in the conference championship tournament as the Lions have carded a two-round 631 and sit in fifth place at the Sunshine State Conference Championships on Monday afternoon.

The Lions, competing at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in south Florida, did not have a player finish worse that 27th in the eight-team tournament, despite the rainy, windy conditions.

"The course is a great layout and although it’s playing long, especially because it’s so wet and the ball gets no roll, the girls are enjoying the challenge,” Head Coach Erika Brennan said.

In fifth after the conclusion of both rounds, the Lions were led by both Anna Riss and Jordan Hatch, as they are currently in 14th carding a 36-hole total 155.  Each shot at least one round in the 70’s with the senior Riss posting a consistent 78-77 while junior Hatch improved from a rough first round of 80 to shoot 75 in round two.

Suzanne Ervin (81–82—163) and Goeun Lee (84–79–163) finished the first 36 holes tied for 24th while the Lions’ fifth-place finisher, Kristina Carvalho (79-86—165), finished in 27th, just two strokes back.

“I'm very pleased with the way the girls battled today,” Brennan continued.  “Our goal was to improve in round two which has historically been our weakest round on days when we play 36 holes.”

The women’s golfers will conclude the SSC Championships with the final round early Tuesday morning.

Brennan concluded with a confident outlook of a clearer Tuesday, "We want to play strong tomorrow and hopefully solidify our place in the NCAA regional."

A positive finish tomorrow could have the Lions playing beyond the conference tournament for the first time in program history.