FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The ninth-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team tackled the 6,131 yard, par-72 Palmer Course at PGA National, finishing day one of the NSU Shark Invitational in seventh-place with a round one score of 323, Monday.
Clare Connolly rebounded off of a front-nine 41 to post a five-stroke improvement for a back-nine 36, firing a first round score of five-over 77. The Chevy Chase, Md. native finished the first day leading the Lions and placing in a four-way tie at 13th.
Goeun Lee finished second on the squad, carding a front-nine 39 on her way to a seven-over 79 afternoon, and coming in a tie for 21st overall. Behind Lee, Laura Huertas shot an even eight-over 80, finishing day one in a tie for 29th, and third on the team.
Heather Petronis and Ragna Olafsdottir both finished with a round of 15-over 87, concluding day one in a tie for 57th. Petronis fired a front-nine of 45, and bounced back to improve three strokes for a back-nine performance of 42. Olafsdottir swapped results, finishing with a mark of 42-45 on the day to secure her round of 87.
Leading the invite, Nova Southeastern posted a first-round score of 300, followed by Florida Southern and Rollins with scores of 305 and 310, respectively. Seminole State (Fla.) finished on the Tars' heels with a total of 311 after day one, with Florida Tech (315) and Barry (318) earning the fifth and sixth slots before the Lions at seventh.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, October 11, when they participate in day two of the NSU Shark Invite. For the latest news, results, and information on the Saint Leo women's golf team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.