SUNSET BEACH, N.C. – The Saint Leo University women's golf team took home first place at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate after shooting a team score of 301 in the final day of the tournament. The Lions' tournament score of 291-301—592 broke the program record for a 36-hole tournament total. The previous record of 606 was carded at the Great Smokies Invitational in the fall of 2010.
"This team is so gritty," Head Coach Erika Brennan said. "They dig in and refuse to give up. They could have easily let yesterday's performance psych them out, but they were determined to stay in the moment and execute. This is a turning point for their confidence and couldn't have come at a better time as we look to defend the title at our home event in two weeks."
Coming in 21 strokes behind the Lions was second place Lincoln Memorial University. In third place was Tusculum College, who was followed by Wingate University.
Clare Connolly's stellar final round performance propelled her from fourth place all the way to tournament runner-up and member of the all-tournament team. Just one stroke behind her were Laura Huertas, Ragna Olafsdottir, and Lauren Petty, who all tied for a third place finish. Olafsdottir and Huertas carded identicial tournament scores of 73-75--148. In addition to Connolly, Huertas was also named to the all-tournament team. Heather Petronis rounded out the team, as she shot 78-78--156 for the tournament.
"I couldn't be any more proud of our team right now," Connolly said. "This is the best our team has ever played and it is only October, meaning we are only going to get better as the year goes on. Today I went into the round thinking about what my teammate Heather said, 'Keep calm and play hard', and that's what we all did today. This win definitely gives us a boost of confidence for our home tournament in two weeks and I know all the girls cannot wait to get back to school and prepare for it."
The Lions will now begin preparing for their home tournament, the Saint Leo Invitational, which will be held at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Oct 15-16.
Below are the individual and team results:
|Team||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|Saint Leo University||291||301||592|
|Lincoln Memorial University||306||307||613|
|Queens University of Charlotte||313||324||637|
|Mount Olive College||319||325||644|
|Mars Hill College||343||348||691|
|Belmont Abbey College||356||343||699|