Women's Golf Leads at Saint Leo Invitational

Maria Paola Fiorio is tied with teammate Nicky Ferre for second after shooting 72 in the first round. Photo by Joel Auerbach

DADE CITY, Fla. -- Barry University sophomores Maria Paola Fiorio and Nicky Ferre each shot 72 in the first round of the Saint Leo Invitational Monday to help anchor the Buccaneers to the top of the team leaderboard.

Fiorio and Ferre are tied for second with Lynn's Jessica Bradley, a stroke behind Flagler's Marie Santacroce on the individual leaderboard. Barry's Nancy Vergara and Lynn's Estefania Buritica are tied for fifth at 1-over 73 on the 6,132-yard Lake Jovita Golf Club course.

Barry shot 296 as a team to take a two-stroke lead over Flagler and four-stroke advantage over Florida Tech into Tuesday's final round of the 18-team, 96-player field. Lynn is six strokes behind the Buccaneers at 14-over 302, and Florida Southern is fifth at 307.

Bucs freshman Martina Bertuccioli shot 79, and is tied for 33rd. Francesca Perini is tied for 41st after carding back-to-back 40s for an 8-over 80.

The Buccaneers will be paired with Flagler and Florida Tech, beginning at 9:39 a.m. in the final round. 

2013 Saint Leo Invitational
Dates: 10/21-10/22, 2013
Round: 1
* Individual
Par-Yardage: 72-6132

FINQ Top 20 Teams Scores
1 Barry University 296
2 Flagler College 298
3 Florida Tech 300
4 Lynn University 302
5 Florida Southern 307
6 West Florida, U of 308
7 Armstrong 312
Northwood U. - FL 312
9 Saint Leo University 315
10 West Georgia, U. of 323
11 Florida Southern B 327
12 Lander University 330
13 Mount Olive College 333
14 Barton College 334
15 Tampa, U. of 342
North Georgia, U. of 342
17 Webber International 347
18 Eckerd College 384

FINQ Top 20 Players School Scores
1 Marie Santacroce Flagler 37- 34 71
2 Nicole Ferre Barry (Fl) 37- 35 72
Jessica Bradley Lynn 37- 35 72
Maria Paola Fiorio Barry (Fl) 38- 34 72
5 Nancy Vergara Barry (Fl) 36- 37 73
*Estefania Buritica Lynn 36- 37 73
7 Stephanie Tucker Flagler 35- 39 74
Camila Sevillano W. Florida 37- 37 74
Louise Manalo Lynn 36- 38 74
Rachel Polson FL Tech 36- 38 74
11 Emily Rymer Fl. South. 36- 39 75
Felicia Leftinger FL Tech 36- 39 75
Rebecka Holmstrom N'wood-FL 36- 39 75
Johanna Larsson FL Tech 37- 38 75
Maria Tirado Barton 38- 37 75
Kristen Sammarco Armstrong 37- 38 75
17 Lauren Shuford Saint Leo 37- 39 76
Callie Hodgkinson Fl. South. 38- 38 76
Marie Coors Saint Leo 38- 38 76
Micaela Johansson N'wood-FL 41- 35 76
Nicole Keyser Flagler 39- 37 76
Guro Rambjoer FL Tech 36- 40 76
*Joanna Yoo Flagler 38- 38 76

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