SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No.15-ranked Saint Leo women's golf team commanded the first round of their annual fall tournament as they posted a team score of 14-over 302 at the par-72, 6,063-yard Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, Monday evening.
Leading the way for the front running Lions was Heather Petronis (37-36—73) as she carded a one-over 73, en route to a second place showing.
Meanwhile, Goeun Lee (40-35—75) put together a solid first round as her back-nine 35 saw her finish with a three-over 75. Equaling Lee's performance was Ragna Olafsdottir (39-36—75) as she took advantage of her home course, improving her total by three strokes over the final nine to close with an even-par 36. Both Lee and Olafsdottir each sit in a tie for fifth.
Claire Connolly (43-36—79) and Laura Huertas (40-39—79) bookended the Lions' first round as they tallied identical seven-over 79's. Connolly, like her other teammates, saw drastic improvement on the backside of her round. After opening with a 43 on the front side, the Chevy Chase, Md. native saw a seven stroke progression to close in a tie for 24th. Huertas was steady throughout her first round as she closed with a three-over 39 on the back nine.
Trailing the Lions by one stroke is Florida Southern as they registered a 15-over 303. Leading the 89-person field is the University of North Carolina-Pembroke's Meghan Moore, as she fired a one-under 71.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, October 18, to complete the second and final round of the Saint Leo Invitational. Due to incoming weather, the tournament is scheduled to have an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's golf team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.