Women's Golf Victorious at Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. – The Saint Leo University women's golf team took home first place at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate after shooting a team score of 301 in the final day of the tournament. The Lions' tournament score of 291-301—592 broke the program record for a 36-hole tournament total. The previous record of 606 was carded at the Great Smokies Invitational in the fall of 2010.

"This team is so gritty," Head Coach Erika Brennan said. "They dig in and refuse to give up. They could have easily let yesterday's performance psych them out, but they were determined to stay in the moment and execute. This is a turning point for their confidence and couldn't have come at a better time as we look to defend the title at our home event in two weeks."

Coming in 21 strokes behind the Lions was second place Lincoln Memorial University. In third place was Tusculum College, who was followed by Wingate University.

Clare Connolly's stellar final round performance propelled her from fourth place all the way to tournament runner-up and member of the all-tournament team. Just one stroke behind her were Laura Huertas, Ragna Olafsdottir, and Lauren Petty, who all tied for a third place finish. Olafsdottir and Huertas carded identicial tournament scores of 73-75--148. In addition to Connolly, Huertas was also named to the all-tournament team. Heather Petronis rounded out the team, as she shot 78-78--156 for the tournament. 

"I couldn't be any more proud of our team right now," Connolly said. "This is the best our team has ever played and it is only October, meaning we are only going to get better as the year goes on. Today I went into the round thinking about what my teammate Heather said, 'Keep calm and play hard', and that's what we all did today. This win definitely gives us a boost of confidence for our home tournament in two weeks and I know all the girls cannot wait to get back to school and prepare for it."

The Lions will now begin preparing for their home tournament, the Saint Leo Invitational, which will be held at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Oct 15-16. 

 

Below are the individual and team results:

Team Results
Team Round 1 Round 2 Total
Saint Leo University 291 301 592
Lincoln Memorial University 306 307 613
Tusculum College 316 318 632
Wingate University 318 317 635
Queens University of Charlotte 313 324 637
Mount Olive College 319 325 644
Catawba College 324 324 648
King College 320 328 648
Limestone College 331 331 632
Erskine College 334 332 666
Anderson University 335 340 675
Barton College 336 349 685
Mars Hill College 343 348 691
Belmont Abbey College 356 343 699
Brevard College 403 395 789

 

Individual Results
2 Clare Connolly 73 74 147
T3 Laura Huertas 73 75

148

T3 Ragna Olafsdottir 73 75 148
T3 Lauren Petty 72 77 148
T15 Heather Petronis 78 78 156
  TOTAL 291 301 592

 

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