April 25, 2011

Women's Golf Heads to NCAA Regionals for a Second-Straight Year

Lions to Tee it Up in Lakeland on May 1-3

SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the second consecutive season the Saint Leo women's golf team will be heading to the 'Big Dance' as the Lions were selected to the NCAA Tournament as one of just 36 representatives in Division II to get an invite.  The Lions will head to a familiar course to participate as Florida Southern College will serve as the host and the tournament will be held at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Fla. on May 1-3.

Set up in the super regional format, the Lions will compete with eight other teams from the NCAA's South and Southeast Region including top-seed and defending National Champion Nova Southeastern University.  NSU and Saint Leo are two of an impressive four-team field representing the Sunshine State Conference in the coming tournament.

Individually, the Lions are led by senior Jordan Hatch whose 23 rounds this season see her holding a 77.21 stroke average as she has claimed a tournament win at the Inaugural Pinehurst Challenge in March.  The win came alongside an impressive showing by the entire team in the tournament played at the iconic Pinehurst National Golf Club in North Carolina.  In only two years in the Green and Gold, the South Beloit, Ill. native finished her 2010-11 regular season with three top-5 finishes and five top-10 results.

At the other end of the spectrum is freshman Heather Petronis, who has also put her mark on the record books.  Shooting a 3-under-69 in the NIU Invitational she set the program mark for lowest round by a single player, a feat which helped cap and impressive rookie season where she posted two tournament wins, one in the Flagler Fall Slam and the other in the NIU Snowbird Invite.  The conference's Freshman of the Year hopeful looks to carry her 23 round, 79.78 stroke average into the super regional.

Sandwiched in between Hatch and Petronis are Suzanne Ervin, Goeun Lee and Tricia Maloney, all who have played serious roles in the Lions' success this season, and in their second-bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Each of the four super regionals will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently with nine teams and four individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site.  All participants will compete throughout the 54 holes of competition.  The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.

The 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships will be held May 11-14, at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan. 

The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently.  All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition.  In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.  The number of participants that qualify for the finals is 72.

South Region Teams:
1. Nova Southeastern
2. Florida Southern
3. Belmont Abbey
4. Rollins
5. UNC Pembroke
6. Saint Leo
7. Newberry
8. Carson-Newman
9. Flagler

South Region Individuals:
1. Jessica Hook, Florida Tech
2. Ellen Chambers, Lynn
3. Kimesha Anthony, Columbus State
4. Emily Gibson, Montevallo