April 19, 2011

11th-Ranked Lions Finish Fifth in SSC Championships

Hatch takes Team Titles with Seventh Place Finish

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 11th-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team finished where they started in the final round of the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Championships as the Lions finished in fifth place in the tournament held at the Boca Country Club and hosted by Lynn University on Tuesday.

Starting the day just three strokes behind tournament host Lynn University, the Lions finished with the same distance between the two teams.  Saint Leo posted a three round score of 316-314-332—962 and were just behind Lynn's 959 team total from besting last year's fifth-place finish.  It was a day where all scores from every team fell off a few strokes thanks to some adverse weather conditions on day two.

Jordan Hatch took home the team's top spot as she used nine birdies during the three rounds to finish seventh overall with a 78-71-81—230, 14 strokes in front of her closest teammate.  The player that was 14-back turned out to be Heather Petronis whose 79-81-84—244 put her in a 23rd place finish.

Just behind Petronis was senior Suzanne Ervin who carded an 81-80-84—245 and finished in 24th, a lone stroke behind the freshman.

Rounding out the Lions were Tricia Maloney (84-83-83—250) and Goeun Lee (78-82-91—251) who finished in 28th and 29th respectively.

For the entire tournament field, Nova Southeastern finished four strokes ahead of second-place Florida Southern to win its second straight Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Championship.

NSU tallied a three-round score of 905 (300-297-308) to defend its crown.  Florida Southern completed the tournament with a score of 909 (294-303-312).  Rollins finished five strokes behind the Moccasins in third place with a tally of 914 (299-311-304).

Lynn finished fourth in the standings with a 959 (319-308-332). Florida Tech finished sixth (323-334-339=996).  Barry (347-324-330—1001) and Eckerd (337-334-348—1019) rounded out the leader board.

Individually, NSU's Sandra Changkija won medalist honors for the second consecutive year.  Changkija completed the tournament with a three-round score of 220 (72-72-76), which was four strokes over par.  Taylor Collins also earned All-Tournament honors for the Sharks, carding an eight-over 224 (74-76-74) to finish third.  Collins' two-over 74 was the lowest score of the final round showing how tough the playing conditions were.

Rollins' Fabia Rothenfluh placed second with a seven-over 223 (71-77-75).  Teammate Joanna Coe finished fourth with a 10-over 226 (77-72-77).  Lynn's Thalia Baigorria (77-76-75) and Florida Tech's Jessica Hook (77-74-77) tied for fifth to claim the final spots on the All-Tournament team with a 12-over 228.

The Lions will now await the NCAA's regional tournament bids as they look to claim a second-straight trip to the NCAA postseason.  Stay tuned to SaintLeoLions.com for more on the Lions' quest for another regional berth.

Portions courtesy of the Sunshine State Conference