ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s golf team headed out to the 6,007 yard Slammer & Squire Course at the World Golf Village and surprised the 19-team field as they lead the Flagler College Fall Slam after completion of the first round on Monday afternoon.  The Lions 13-over-301 is seven strokes better than their nearest competition as all four Lions shot in the 70’s after 18 holes.

Senior Anna Riss leads the field as her 1-under-71 paced the all 93 players in the tournament.  Keeping the Lions at the top of the leaderboard requires a team effort, and SLU received that in a top-10 performance from sophomore Tricia Maloney, whose 3-over-75 places her sixth after day one.  Junior Kristina Carvalho, sitting a stroke behind Maloney, headed into the clubhouse in 13th with a 4-over-76 and the final Lion playing, junior Suzanne Ervin, sits in 27th with a 7-over-79.

“I am so proud of the ladies,” Head Coach Erika Brennan said of her team.  “They played with such maturity today.  My plan was to keep the mood light and fun and the ladies looked like they were really having a blast out there.”

By leading the field after the first round, the Lions see Belmont Abbey, the tournament’s second-place team, in their rearview mirror.  That mirror also shows four Sunshine State Conference schools in Barry, Lynn, Florida Tech and Eckerd trailing Saint Leo heading into the second round.

“We’re definitely in uncharted territory heading into tomorrow as we’ve never had a lead on Barry or Belmont Abbey,” Brennan said, “but we’re going to stick to our game plan and see what happens.  It was such a great day to be a Lion.”

Round two of the Fall Slam begins early Tuesday morning in St. Augustine.