Lions Slip Two Spots and Prepare for Final Round
LAKELAND, Fla. – The 10th-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team showed a bit of mid-round blues as they dropped two spots and currently sit in fifth place after 36 holes of the NCAA Regional Tournament at The Club at Eaglebrooke and hosted by Florida Southern.
Posting a team total of 314 in round two, eight strokes off of their first round score, the Lions were led by senior Suzanne Ervin's 77 as she bested fellow senior Jordan Hatch by one stroke. Ervin (84-77—161) is fourth on the team and tied for 36th overall.
Hatch (75-78—153) slipped to 14th overall but still leads the Lions into the final round. Also posting a second-round 78 was juniorGoeun Lee (78-78—156) who is tied with teammate Heather Petronis (75-81—156) for 23rd place overall.
In rounding out a Saint Leo lineup that seemed like each was tied with a fellow teammate, Tricia Maloney (78-83—161) finished tied with Ervin for 36th heading into the clubhouse after day two.
At the top of the standings, Nova Southeastern doubled its 4-stroke lead over Rollins to eight strokes, with Sandra Changkija doing the bulk of the work. The senior set a tournament record with a four-under par 68, five strokes better than any of the Rollins golfers shot. Her two-day total stands at four-under par 140, and is five shots ahead of the two Rollins' players who shared the lead at the end of round one, Joanna Coe and Fabia Rothenfluh.
Changkija bogeyed her first hole Monday, but was either under par or at par on every other one. She finished the round with five birdies, and broke the previous tournament record by one stroke. A score of -3 had been accomplished at the South Region Tournament five previous times.
Changkija is the only player in the field under par at -4, three strokes ahead of the tournament record of which she also owns a share.
The tournament concludes on Tuesday with the top three teams, and top three individuals not with those teams, advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Allendale, Michigan.