Women’s golf places 8th at UWF Invitational

Women’s golf places 8th at UWF Invitational

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Consider this: if the Saint Leo women's golf team had shot over all three rounds what it fired in Tuesday's final round of the University of West Florida Argonaut Invitational, the Lions would have finished third, just two strokes out of second place.

If they had even carded in Monday's first round what they averaged over the final two rounds, they would have placed fourth.

Saint Leo carded a 309 (+21) in Tuesday's final round at the Marcus Pointe Golf Club and were tied for third-lowest team round of the day, as none of the five Lions in the tournament shot above 80.

However Monday's first round score of 324 remained too big a hurdle to overcome, and Saint Leo finished in eighth place – right where it started the day. The Lions posted a 54-hole total of 946, 30 strokes off the pace set by the winning squad from Rollins College.

Sophomore Amanda Jakobsson turned in Tuesday's low round for the Lions on the par 72, 6,036-yard Marcus Pointe course, shooting a three-over 75. She finished 11th overall with a 54-hole score of 231.

Fellow sophomore Vilde Eriksen was second among Saint Leo entries in the event, carding two birdies for a four-over 76. Eriksen was tied for 27th on the individual leaderboard with a 236 for the tournament. Senior Kellianne May fired a six-over 78 on Tuesday, 244 for the tournament, and was tied for 51st overall.

Junior Sabrina Rumbaugh and freshman Mao Young each fired an eight-over 80 in Tuesday's final round. Rumbaugh birdied no. 9 and no. 18 and was tied for 33rd with a 238 (+22), while Young managed just one birdie, on the par-3 no. 15 hole, and was tied for 51st on the leaderboard with a 244 (+28).

Florida Southern's Shannon McKew took medalist honors in a two-hole, three-way playoff.

McKew, Rollins' Hally Leadbetter, and Lee's Bernadette Little all made par on no. 10 to open the playoff. McKew drained a 40-foot birdie putt on no. 11 to win the tournament, while Leadbetter made par to finish second.

Second-ranked Rollins College claimed team honors at the Argonaut Invitational, carding a 916 (+52) over the three rounds. Lee University was second with a 925 (+61), while the hosts from West Florida shot a 930 (+66) across 54 holes to finish third.

After West Florida, four of the next five teams on the leaderboard were from the Sunshine State Conference: Nova Southeastern (934, +70), Florida Tech (935, +71), Lynn (943, +79), Montevallo (943, +79), and Saint Leo.

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