Saint Leo climbs to fifth on day two of home tournament

Saint Leo climbs to fifth on day two of home tournament

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's golf team found its touch for making shots on its home course and vaulted four spots on the team leaderboard in the 2014 Saint Leo Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.

The Lions finished fifth out 17 teams in the event, which including seven teams among the GolfStat top 25 relative rankings.

All five Saint Leo golfers on the team card shot equal to or better than their scores in Monday's first round on the par 72, 6,160-yard Lake Jovita South Course. The result was a 301 on Tuesday and a 616 for the tournament – enough to climb past four squads in the team standings, including No. 12 California Baptist and No. 23 Florida Southern.

Sophomore Marie Coors and freshman Vilde Eriksen each finished with a two-day total of 150 and were tied for 11th on the individual leaderboard. Eriksen matched her Monday round with a 75 on Tuesday, while Coors rallied with a one-under 71 in the second round to climb 23 places in the individual standings. After recording just two birdies in the first round, Coors carded five on Tuesday including four on the back nine.

Senior Clare Connolly also recorded birdies on 14 and 15 on the back nine at Lake Jovita, and finished the day with a three-over 75. That was four strokes better than her first round score, moving Connolly up eight places to finish tied for 26th with a 154.

Senior Lauren Petty fired an 80 in Tuesday's second round, a two shot improvement over Monday's score, for a total of 162. Junior Kellianne May carded an 81 in the second round, and combined it with her first round 82 for a 163.

Freshman Leah Deagle and senior Alyssa Barrett competed as individuals in the tournament, and posted rounds of 81 and 95 respectively on Tuesday. Deagle was tied for 33rd with a two-day tally of 158, while Barrett carded a 203 for the tournament.

Top-ranked Florida Tech won the tournament with a 589 (+13) over two days. No. 8 Flagler College was second with a 598 (+22), and No. 4 Lynn University after firing a 600 (+24). No. 16 Barry was just ahead of Saint Leo in fourth place with a two-day tally of 608 (+32).

Florida Tech's Felicia Leftinger took medalist honors after carding a two-under 142 for the tournament, and defeating Barry's Francesca Perini in a three-hole playoff. Perini fired a 69 on Tuesday after a 72 in her opening round. Leftinger sank an eight-foot putt for par on 18 to win the event.

The Saint Leo Invitational marks the conclusion of the Lions' fall slate of tournaments; Saint Leo women's golf will be back on the links in early February for the Flagler College World Golf Invitational.

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