April 18, 2011

Lions in Fifth after 36 Holes of SSC Championship

Jordan Hatch Leads Lions into Final Round

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 11th-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team recovered nicely from a rain-delayed second round to post a two-round 316-314—630 as the Lions currently sit in fifth place in the Sunshine State Conference Championships contested at the Boca Country Club and hosted by Lynn University.

Led by senior Jordan Hatch, the Lions opened up round one with three individual scores in the high 70's before heading out for the next 18 holes where Hatch posted a second-round top score of 71 to best her nearest teammate by 11 strokes.  She finished her first 36 holes with seven birdies to assume the driver's seat for the Lions.

Currently tied for fourth, Hatch posted a two-round 78-71—149 and is only five strokes behind individual leader Sandra Changkija from tournament co-leader Nova Southeastern. 

Tied for second on the team, junior Goeun Lee and freshman Heather Petronis are 22nd overall after Lee carded an opening 78-82—160 and Petronis a 79-81—160.

Fourth on the team, and in 25th spot overall, senior Suzanne Ervin's 81-80—161 has her eyeing the top-half of the field in tomorrow's round and Tricia Maloney's 84-83—167 has her in 29th place, keeping every Lion in the top-30 of the tournament.

Leading the tournament, Nova Southeastern (300-297) and Florida Southern (294-303) both carded a score of 597 to take the lead.  They sit 13 strokes ahead of third-place Rollins (299-311—610).  Host Lynn (319-308) is fourth with a score of 627, while the Lions lurk three strokes back with that 630.

Florida Tech (323-334—657), Eckerd (337-334—671), and Barry (347-324—671) round out the standings.

The championship will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday at the Boca Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.  Paired with Lynn and Florida Tech, the Lions will tee off from no. 10 starting at 8:45 a.m.  With staggered times every nine minutes, Hatch will eventually tee off at 9:21 a.m.