WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Playing through illness on Tuesday, the Saint Leo women’s golf team set another program record in their first 54-hole tournament of the season as they finished 11th in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins College and played at the Tuscawilla Country Club.
Behind the stellar performance of Anna Riss, the Lions managed a 329 in the final round to finish just seven strokes behind 10th place Daytona State College.
Riss needed just 76 strokes over the final 18 holes to finish seventh in the 76-player field. Her three-round 227 (78-73-76) is the lowest 54-hole tournament total in the program’s history; bettering the previous mark by five strokes.
Freshman Goeun Lee also finds herself in the record book for her 54-hole tournament total after she fired 81 in the final round for a three day total of 240 (81-78-81). That places her sixth all-time.
Sophomore Kristina Carvalho managed 249 (78-84-87) over the three rounds, and freshman Tricia Maloney as well as senior Meghan Costello rounded out the Lions scorers with 250 (82-83-85) and 269 (86-86-93) respectively.
The team total of 966 (319-318-329) sets the new standard for 54-hole tournament team score and betters the previous mark set at the Saint Leo Invitational in Fall 2007 by eight strokes.
Nova Southeastern (305-298-295-898) claimed the team title over second-place Rollins College (299-298-302-899). Florida Southern (297-297-306-900), Lynn University (307-297-305-909) and Belmont Abbey (315-320-309-944) rounded out the top-5.
The Lions will return to action on Monday, March 30 as they compete in the Inaugural Barry Buccaneer Invitational at Shula’s Golf and Country Club in Miami.