LAKELAND, Fla. – With the 18-team field unable to finish the day's second round due to darkness, the Saint Leo women's golf team sits tied for eighth place after the first 18 holes of the Lady Moc Golf Classic. Finishing the first round with a team score of 314 on the par-72 Grasslands Golf and Country Club course, the Lions sit 17 strokes behind the first-place team and defending National Champions, Lynn University.
Because of the unforeseen lighting circumstances, the second round will commence early Tuesday morning, with the final round beginning shortly after.
Junior Claire Connelly led the effort for the squad in the first round of the tournament, posting identical scores of 37 on both the front and back nine holes for a score of 74. The individual score placed her tied for seventh on the day.
Following closely behind Connelly was junior Lauren Petty, whose five-over score of 77 sits her at tied for 28th.
Senior Heather Petronis, who shot an 81 on the afternoon, finished in the top-50 among the 99-woman field, tying four others for 49th place.
Freshman Marie Coors and senior Lauren Shuford rounded out the group, shooting an 82 and an 83, respectively. Coors' 10-over score puts her at a ten-way tie for 54th place, while Shuford sits tied for 63rd.
The individual leader of the first round was Daniela Ortiz of Nova Southeastern University, whose score of 71 finished just one stroke under Lynn's Samantha Smolen and Florida Tech's Guro Ramjoer.
Led by head coach Tommy Baker, the Lions will return to action early Tuesday morning to finish the second round. Following the conclusion of that, the green and gold will take to the course again in the hopes of gaining more ground in the third and final round of the tournament.
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