SAINT LEO, Fla.—The Saint Leo women's golf team wrapped up its spring season on Tuesday at the final round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships. The Lions improved from their second round performance and finished the tournament in seventh place with a score of 316-347-325—988.
"We did not play as well as we hoped here in conference," captain Heather Petronis said after the round. "This feeling of disappointment will only be a catalyst for sharper minds and stronger work ethic leading into next year."
Saint Leo was led by Lauren Shuford who shot a 78 in the final round—two strokes lower than her first and second round scores of 80. Shuford finished up a tremendous spring season in which she was constantly getting better. For the tournament Shuford shot 80-80-78—238.
Next in line in the final round was Clare Connolly, who improved from her second round performance, firing an 80 at Lake Jovita in today's final 18 holes. Connolly, a junior, finished the championship at 78-82-80—240.
Petronis came back after a down performance yesterday and carded an 83 to wrap up the tournament with scores of 82-98-83—263. Lauren Petty shot an 84 in the final 18 of the tournament today, improving her round by two strokes from yesterday, and ending the 54 hole tournament with 76-87-84—247. Rounding out the group was Alyssa Barrett, who dug way down deep and played her best round of the tournament in today's final round, carding a 90 to put her total at 99-99-90—288.
The Lions finished the championship in seventh place, behind Florida Tech. Winning the tournament in a sudden death playoff was Florida Southern.
There is the possibility that some Lions' golfers could be selected to compete in the NCAA Regional as individuals. The individual field for the NCAA tournament will be announced in a few weeks.
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