**WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. –** The eighth-ranked Saint Leo University women's golf team sits in ninth place after day one of the 37^{th} annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, hosted by Rollins at Tuscawilla Country Club. The Lions turned in scores of 316 and 317 in the opening two rounds, carding a 57-over 633 at the 6,089 par-72 course.

Third-ranked Florida Southern used the best round of the day in the afternoon to open up a three-shot lead on day one. The Mocs were tied with fifth-ranked Lynn after first round scores of 310, but turned in a 303 in the second round to sit with 613 strokes. LU is second with 616 strokes while second-ranked St. Edward's and top-ranked Nova Southeastern are tied for third with a 42-over 618.

Ragna Olafsdottir leads the Lions with an 18^{th}-place day one finish after turning in scores of 77 and 80 for a 13-over 144.

Clare Connolly finished in 28^{th} after the opening two rounds, carding a 3-over 75 in the first round, but stumbling in round two with a 12-over 84 for a total day one score of 15-over 159.

Heather Petronis shot a 10-over 82 to open the day, but improved three strokes for a 6-over 78 in the second round for a 34^{th}-place day one finish of 16-over 160.

Goeun Lee sat 40^{th} after turning in scores of 82 and 79 for a day one total of 17-over 161. Laura Huertas rounded out the squad with a 29-over 173. Huertas stumbled in the opening round, turning in a score of 21-over 93, but rebounded to finish round two with an 8-over 80.

The Lions return to action on Tuesday, March 6, for the final 18 holes and the conclusion of the 37^{th} annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.