April 17, 2012

Fifteenth-Ranked Lions Ascend to Fifth on Final Day of SSC Women’s Golf Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. – The fifteenth-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team climbed one spot to finish fifth overall at the 2012 Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Tournament, held at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.  The Lions concluded the two-day tournament bringing in a score of 120-over 984 (344-319-321--984), at the 5909-yard, par 72 course.

Heather Petronis (82-72-83) led the team after three rounds, carding a 21-over 237 to finish eighth overall.

Goeun Lee  (83-81-80-244) brought in the best of three rounds on the final day of competition, shooting an eight-over 80 to help her to 14th in the standings.

Clare Connolly finished three strokes behind Lee, firing a three round total of 87-81-79 for a 31-over 244.  Laura Huertas matched Connolly's team-leading final round of seven-over 79, and finished 29th overall.

Ragna Olafsdottir (92-85-86) concluded the tournament with a 31st place finish, bringing in a score of 47-over 263.

Nova Southeastern overcame an 18-hole deficit to post a final score of 945 and edge Lynn by one stroke in Tuesday's final round of the 2012 Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Championship.

With 36 holes in the books, the Sharks (326-308-311=945) found themselves in third place heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes.  Lynn (310-306-330=946) held an 11-stroke lead after a strong first-day showing.  Nevertheless, NSU rose to the challenge, outscoring the Knights by 19 strokes in the final round to take its third consecutive SSC title.

Lilliana Camisa led a trio of Shark golfers who claimed All-Tournament honors by finishing in the top five of the individual standings.  Camisa carded a three-round score of 228 (78-76-74) to take the individual title.  Sitting just three strokes back in second was teammate, Daniela Ortiz, who finished with a score of 231 (80-79-72).  Abbey Gittings rounded out the NSU All-Tournament contingent, tying for fourth with a 234 (79-76-79).

Lynn's Samantha Smolen placed third with a 233 (78-75-80).  Florida Southern's M.J. Audette (76-76-82) and Lynn's Irene Calvo (78-74-82) tied Gittings in fourth with a 234.

Florida Southern placed third in the final team standings with a three-round total of 954 (311-316-327).  Barry finished fourth with a 982 (329-323-330).

Rollins finished the tournament in sixth place (328-322-344=994).  Florida Tech was seventh (331-334-342=1007).  Tampa rounded out the team standings in eighth (399-400-416=1215).  Eckerd competed in the event but did not finish with a team score because two players had to withdraw, dropping the Tritons below the minimum number of required participants to land in the team mix.

With its victory, NSU has now won four of the last five SSC women's golf titles.