FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s golf team dropped one position to finish in seventh-place with a two-day 654 in the final round of the NSU Shark Invitational played at the par 72, 6,163 yard Palmer Course at PGA National.

As a team, the Lions could not hold off the play of Embry-Riddle, whose second-round 315 was 16-strokes better than the Green & Gold, putting them solidly into sixth.  The Lions’ shot 321-331—652, which put them four strokes ahead of SSC foe Lynn University, marking the first time in program history that the Lions bested the Fighting Knights in a tournament.

Individually, junior Suzanne Ervin rebounded to post the best finish for Saint Leo in the tournament’s final day as she was the only Lion to hit in the 70’s with a six-over 78.  It was 10-strokes better than her first day’s finish as she ended the tournament as Saint Leo’s third-best player.

The Lions’ top-performer for the entire tournament was senior Anna Riss, who was able to rely on a solid first-day performance to give her a 19th-place result.  She slipped from a fourth-place first day after a second-round 83 as she finished with a two day 74-83—157.

Sandwiched between Riss and Ervin was junior Jordan Hatch, whose 80-85—165 was good enough for a tie for 38th place in the 72-player field.

Rounding out the Saint Leo golfers were junior Kristina Carvalho’s 83-85—168 and sophomore Goeun Lee’s 84-87—171.

The Lions now turn their attention toward the familiar Saint Leo Invitational.  SLU will host the tournament at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club as they will take to the course for the practice round on Sunday.