Women’s golf to open 2014-15 season at Ross Resorts Invitational

Women’s golf to open 2014-15 season at Ross Resorts Invitational

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women's golf will tee up its 2014-15 season starting today at the Ross Resorts Invitational, hosted by Rollins College.

The event will take place at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., where the teams will be guests on the home course of golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell (Rollins '43).

Setting aside the Lions' opponents, who include Sunshine State Conference rivals Rollins, Florida Southern, Barry, and Nova Southeastern, the course itself with pose a unique challenge for Saint Leo women's golf.

"It's much different than what we would see down here in Florida," said Saint Leo head women's golf coach Tommy Baker. "It's a Donald Ross design, so there are a lot of push-up, turtleback greens – small greens – and a lot of target execution – hit it to point A then point B. The course was redesigned about a year ago to even more of a tradition Donald Ross style where it's just like Pinehurst No. 2 with the natural areas instead of the typical two- or three-inch rough."

"So there is a premium on fairway accuracy – getting the ball in play. It's not necessarily the longest of courses, but it's a course where you need to keep it in play off the tee to execute and score well," said Baker.

The Lions head into the Ross Resorts Invitational paced by sophomore Marie Coors, who earned Second Team All-America honors last year as a freshman and finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship.

Senior Clare Connolly, who captured All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team honors in 2013-14 after averaging 76.83 strokes over 18 rounds played, and senior Lauren Petty, who averaged 78.11 strokes in her 18 rounds, headline the returnees along with Coors.

Alyssa Barrett returns to the squad for 2014-15, giving the Lions another veteran presence on the course. Joining the squad will be freshmen Leah Deagle and Vilde Eriksen, along with transfer Kellianne May.

"The team's come out this year with a new passion and a new desire, and I think it's going to be a great year," said Baker. "We come out with some new faces and it's exciting to get started, and we're going up against some of the top competition in the nation."

Saint Leo will compete at tournaments in Hilton Head, S.C., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., before closing out the fall slate with the Saint Leo Invitational on October 20-21 at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.

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