MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s golf team rallied to finish in fifth place in the final round of the Inaugural Barry Buccaneers Invitational on Tuesday afternoon at Shula’s Inn & Country Club in South Florida.

The women finished tied with Seminole Community College after SLU posted a final round 318 to jump from sixth to fifth.  The Lions shot 320-314-318—952 and were 30 strokes out of fourth-place, which was claimed by Daytona State College.

The Lions, who played the second round without junior Anna Riss after illness forced her to withdraw yesterday, saw Riss, Tricia Maloney and Goeun Lee shoot a sub-80 final round with Lee posting a team-low 75 in round three.

Maloney, who led the Lions individually, finished 18th overall in the 37-player field with a three-round total 80-75-79—234.  She was followed by Lee, who shot 83-80-75—238 to finish 27th overall.

Kristina Carvalho (80-80-85—245) and Meghan Costello (89-79-86—254) rounded out the individual scores as they finished 30th and 34th respectively. 

Although she did not post an individual score, Riss gutted out the last 18-holes to shoot a final-round 79.  The junior managed to post two of the better rounds in the tournament for the Lions with the first round 77 mixed into her total.

The Sunshine State Conference swept the medalist stand as Florida Southern College won the invitational with a 296-290-295—881 and Lynn University finished second with a team score 291-308-301—900.  Barry University rounded out the Top-3, posting a team score of 306-302-305—913. 

Saint Leo now looks to take on the rest of the Sunshine State Conference as they are set to compete in the SSC Golf Championships, hosted by Florida Southern College.  The Lions will travel to the Lake Region Yacht & Country Club in Winter Haven, Fla. for the tournament, which is scheduled to take place April 20-21.