DAYTONA, Fla. - The ninth-ranked Saint Leo University women's golf team opened up its fall season at the NCAA Fall Preview today at the LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona, Fla. The tournament field includes 15 teams, nine of which are currently nationally ranked.
The Lions got off to a strong start in day one of the tournament, posting a team score of 19-over 307. They currently sit just two strokes behind first place Barry and Lynn, who both shot a 305. Tied with the Lions for third is Central Oklahoma and rounding out the top five is Florida Southern, with their round of 308.
"We executed our gameplan today and we got rewarded with a strong round to start our year," said head coach Erika Brennan. "We closed out our rounds much stronger than we have in the past which makes me excited for tomorrow's round. The vibe this year is so different. This year they know that they can dream big and achieve. Missing nationals by two strokes last year is probably the best thing that could have happened. They are fighters and will not back down from a challenge."
Clare Connolly, currently in fifth place, led the Lions as she fired a two-over par 74 on the day. Connolly was solid from start to finish, sinking birdies on holes No. 2 and No. 18. Not far behind her is Laura Huertas, who shot a five-over 77 and sits tied for 15th. Huertas got off to a slow start and was +3 after her first two holes, but recovered with nine consecutive pars to close out her opening round. Heather Petronis and newcomer Lauren Petty both shot a solid six-over 78 on day one, and Ragna Olafsdottir rounded out the Lions with a round of 85.
"Today I was feeling confident about my swing and about the course," Connolly said. "The team played great today and I know all of us are looking forward to shooting a lower score tomorrow. Every moment!"
Tomorrow's tee times are as follows:
Tee #1 - 9:10 a.m. : Ragna Olafsdottir
Tee #1 - 9:20 a.m. : Lauren Petty
Tee #1 - 9:30 a.m. : Heather Petronis
Tee #1 - 9:40 a.m. : Laura Huertas
Tee #1 - 9:50 a.m. : Clare Connolly
Below are the results from Day 1:
|Team||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Total|
|Academy of Art||320||320|
|West Texas A&M||331||331|