SAINT LEO, Fla. – Heading into their final tournament of the fall season, the Saint Leo women's golf team jumped eight spots to No. 7 on the latest Golfstat rankings, announced Tuesday.
The Lions make the leap back into the top-10 after proving themselves on their home course, taking first place at the Saint Leo Invitational on Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,063 yard course at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The Lions, who entered into the tournament ranked 15th, topped a list of five teams ranked within the top-10 on the previous poll, including second-ranked Florida Southern.
Six of the teams listed in the top-10 this week hail from the Sunshine State Conference, with Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern, Rollins, and Barry University placing in the top four, respectively. Saint Leo Invitational participant Northeastern State University breaks the SSC streak, earning a fifth-place nod, followed by Lynn at sixth, and Saint Leo, who rounds out the list of conference institutions on the top tier.
St. Edward's University, Sonoma State, and University of Indianapolis complete the top-10.
After earning their big victory at home this past week, the Lions now prepare for their final tournament of their fall campaign. The Green and Gold will travel to St. Augustine, Fla., on Monday to partake in the two-day Flagler Fall Slam, hosted by Flagler College at the Marsh Creek Country Club.
Last year, the Lions finished in a first-place tie with Barry University thanks in large part to Heather Petronis and former Lion Jordan Hatch, who finished in the individual ranks at first and second, respectively. Saint Leo will look to clinch another victory and close out their fall season on a high note.
When asked about the upcoming event, Petronis said, "The momentum is strong with the Lions as we head into our final tournament of the fall. My teammates have shown great dedication thus far, and a spark has been ignited from our recent win at the Saint Leo Invitational. Knowing now what we are capable of manifesting out on the course, we are even more excited to produce something great at the Flagler Fall Slam."
The Lions tee off at the Flagler Fall Slam on Monday morning, and will participate in the two-day tournament against some of the elite teams in Division II women's golf.
Petronis concluded, "We have the motivation. We have the talent. We have the heart. We will continue to prove it!"