April 28, 2014

Lions Earn NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Bid

Six Sunshine State Conference teams advance to the NCAA South Regionals 

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women's golf team learned that it has earned a bid to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional. The NCAA announced, on Monday night, the field of 36 golf teams and 16 student-athletes that will compete in regional competition. The Sunshine State Conference had six teams and one individual student-athlete selected to compete at the South Regional on May 4-6 in Dade City, Fla. at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Saint Leo will serve as the host institution. 

This will mark the Lions' fourth appearance in the past five years in NCAA Regionals competition. 

Most recently, Saint Leo finished fifth at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, which was also held at Lake Jovita, April 13-15. The Lions turned in a three-round total of 915 (297-305-313), just three strokes behind Barry, and Nova Southeastern who were tied for third. The Lions' Marie Coors won the SSC individual title shooting a three-round total of 218 (66-75-77). 

A total of nine teams and four individuals from the South Region will compete for a spot at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships May 14-17 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. the top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships. 

Division II top-ranked team and SSC Champion Lynn Fighting Knights earned the top spot in the South Region. Also earning a selection from the SSC were No. 2 Rollins, No. 3 Barry, No. 4 Florida Tech, No. 5 Nova Southeastern and No. 9 Saint Leo. 

Florida Southern's Emily Rymer was selected as one of the four individuals. Joining Rymer are Ashlii Thompson (UNC Pembroke), Elizabeth Swallow (King) and Elaine Wood (Montevallo). 

At the 2013 championship, Lynn won its first NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship, with Nova Southeastern finishing in second place. 

For more on the Saint Leo University women's golf team visit SaintLeoLions.com. Also be sure 'Like' the Lions on Facebook and 'Follow' the Lions on Twitter and Instagram.