SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a week of firsts, the NCAA announced their nine-team regional selection for women’s golf on Monday afternoon and the 11th-ranked Lions found their name in the mix for the first time in the program’s brief history. In matching the men’s initial berth announcement on Saturday, Saint Leo heads into their inaugural trip into the postseason seeded sixth in the South Region field. The tournament will be held at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C. and is scheduled to take place May 2-4. Catawba College will serve as this year’s regional host.
Joining the Lions in North Carolina will be five other Sunshine State Conference schools, including the top seeded Nova Southeastern Sharks as they come fresh off of their SSC Tournament Championship. The other conference members include No. 2 seed Rollins, No. 3 Florida Southern, No. 5 Barry and No. 9 Lynn. In total, 36 teams and 16 individuals will participate in the 2010 Division II Women's Golf Championships.
As is the case with the men’s side, the tournament is run slightly different than other NCAA tournaments. The south region is combined with the southeast region to make a nine-team field with the top three teams advancing to the finals. Aside from the South/Southeast region, there will be three other sites conducting regional tournaments. The other pairs consist of the Atlantic/East regions, as well as the Midwest/South Central and Central/West regions.
The 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships will be held May 12-15, at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 54 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score. The number of participants that qualify for the finals is 72.
The Lions are led by senior Anna Riss and transfers Jordan Hatch and Suzanne Ervin. Riss holds almost every record established during her four years playing for the Lions. She was given a serious run for the top spot on the team this season when Hatch joined the group of Saint Leo ladies. Her best performance of the season came just recently when she finished in the top-10 at the SSC Tournament, solidifying her position as the Lions’ top golfer next season.