FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In a record-breaking day, the Saint Leo women’s golf team saved their season’s best performance for the final round as the Lions shot a third-round 301 for a program-best fifth-place finish in the 2010 Sunshine State Conference Championships on Tuesday afternoon.
In a beautiful day on the par-71 course of the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Ft. Lauderdale, the Lions saw every player whose card counted toward the team total improve their single-round score by at least four strokes in the eight-team tournament.
Nearly setting a single-round scoring record, junior Jordan Hatch signed a scorecard that showed an even-par-71 and a three-round 80-75-71—226. The impressively clutch showing put her firmly in ninth place, the best finish by a SLU women’s golfer, by a big margin, in program history.
"It feels great to finish the conference championship with such a great score,” Head Coach Erika Brennan said. "Jordan was so impressive today. She was making everything she looked at from eight feet and in and her course management was outstanding."
Coming in second on the team, and finishing 14th in the tournament, senior Anna Riss carded a 2-over-73 and a tournament total 78-77-73—228. Junior Suzanne Ervin rallied for a 23rd place result with her 81-82-77—240 and Kristina Carvalho’s 79-86-80—245 put her in 27th and was the Lions’ last team card.
Sophomore Goeun Lee finished three strokes behind Carvalho with a 28th place 84-79-85—248 to round out Saint Leo.
Finishing five strokes behind Barry (316-303-308—927), the Lions posted a better third round than every team except for tournament champion Nova Southeastern (294-298-290—882) and second-place Florida Southern (309-299-295—903).
The Lions will now wait for the NCAA to pass out regional bids on April 26th. Saint Leo has put itself in a prime position to receive a coveted spot in the postseason for the first time in program history.
Brennan concluded her thoughts on the conference tournament and a possible bid by saying, "Now it’s a waiting game to find out if we make the postseason. I feel like we made a strong case today and I'm very proud of the girls."