WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo University women's golf team sits in ninth place after day one of the 37th annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, hosted by Rollins at Tuscawilla Country Club. The Lions turned in scores of 316 and 317 in the opening two rounds, carding a 57-over 633 at the 6,089 par-72 course.
Third-ranked Florida Southern used the best round of the day in the afternoon to open up a three-shot lead on day one. The Mocs were tied with fifth-ranked Lynn after first round scores of 310, but turned in a 303 in the second round to sit with 613 strokes. LU is second with 616 strokes while second-ranked St. Edward's and top-ranked Nova Southeastern are tied for third with a 42-over 618.
Ragna Olafsdottir leads the Lions with an 18th-place day one finish after turning in scores of 77 and 80 for a 13-over 144.
Clare Connolly finished in 28th after the opening two rounds, carding a 3-over 75 in the first round, but stumbling in round two with a 12-over 84 for a total day one score of 15-over 159.
Heather Petronis shot a 10-over 82 to open the day, but improved three strokes for a 6-over 78 in the second round for a 34th-place day one finish of 16-over 160.
Goeun Lee sat 40th after turning in scores of 82 and 79 for a day one total of 17-over 161. Laura Huertas rounded out the squad with a 29-over 173. Huertas stumbled in the opening round, turning in a score of 21-over 93, but rebounded to finish round two with an 8-over 80.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, March 6, for the final 18 holes and the conclusion of the 37th annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.