SAINT LEO, Fla. - It’s a new year and the Saint Leo women’s golf team has returned to campus and has already started preparing for the Fall portion of their 2009-10 schedule.

While several familiar dates are back on the slate for the Fall, one new tournament will see the Lions travel to Waynesville, N.C. to compete in the 2009 Great Smokies Intercollegiate hosted by Western Carolina University.  One of the largest fields in NCAA Golf, Saint Leo will do battle alongside 23 other teams from NCAA Division I and Division II. With a September 19th start, this tournament will kick-off the Lions' season earlier than last year.

After returning from their first competition, SLU will return to action three weeks later when they travel to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to play in the 2009 NSU Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern University.  A field of 18 teams will compete, including the host Sharks, the defending Division II National Champion.  Several additional Sunshine State Conference schools will join the Lions at the PGA National Resort & Spa as it will mark the first opportunity to see where Saint Leo stacks up.  With the tournament getting underway on October 12th, this will be the first of three consecutive weeks the Lions will square off in competition.

The 2009 Saint Leo Invitational follows on October 19-20 as the eight-team tournament returns to beautiful Lake Jovita Golf Club, the Lions’ home course.  National powerhouse Florida Southern College along with Eckerd College, Florida Tech, Catawba College, Flagler College, Seminole Community College and Webber International University will do battle on the South Course over 36 holes.

To finish out the Fall segment of their schedule, the Lions will next travel to St. Augustine, Fla. to compete in the 2009 Flagler Fall Slam hosted by Flagler College.  Played at the World Golf Village and including tough in-region competition, the Lions will hope to finish strong and gain momentum heading into their championship season this upcoming Spring.