DADE CITY - The women’s golf team ended their fall season on a high note by jumping two teams here on Sunday to finish in third place of 14 teams, after carding a second round team score of four-over par 292 to go along with their 312 team score from the first found at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club during the Saint Leo Invitational. The second round score from this week’s tournament was a season best for the Mocs who shot a 302 earlier this season during the second round of the Guy Harvey Invitational.
The Moccasins were able to overcome a 10 stoke deficit to overtake third from tournament host Saint Leo, who finished in the fourth position with a two-round score of 607, and Barry who dropped to fifth with a team score of 612 over the two day tournament.
Florida Southern’s “B” team shot back-to-back rounds of 327 to take sole possession of ninth spot by one stroke.
Nova Southeastern took home the team title after shooting a tournament best two-under par 286 during the second round to go along with their 300 from the first round; while first round leader Lynn University fired second round score of 306 to tally a 602 36-hole tournament score and fall into second place.
On Sunday the Mocs were paced by sophomore golfer Emily Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) who bested her first round score of 80 by nine strokes to shoot a career best one-under par 71 on the par-72 6,140 yard course to finish tied for 10th. Abby Gittings from Nova took individual honors after posting identical 71’s in the first and second rounds to finish two-under for the tournament.
The Mocs’ “B” team top finisher was sophomore Jackie Rajek (Suwanee, Fla.) who shot 157 (79, 78) over the 36 holes to stand tied for 23rd.
The top golfer for the Mocs during the tournament was senior Megan Kiley (Leo, Ind.) who shot a one-over par second round to jump into a tie for sixth place with a two day total of 150 (77, 73). Senior Amy Hodgkinson (Mead, Colo.) was tied for tenth place with Rymer after carding an even-par performance during the second round to go along with her 79 from day one. Junior Barbora Vejlupkova (Prague, Czech Republic) carded back-to-back 76’s to finish tied for 14th and junior Hannah Duffie (Dalton, Ga.) finished the tournament with a total score of 172 (84, 88) to stand tied for 52nd.
Along with Rajek on the "B" team freshman Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Kent.) shot 165 (80, 85) over the two days to finish in 41st. Freshman Katharine Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) and freshman Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) ended the tournament tied at 46th after both shooting first round scores of 84 and second round totals of 82 to finish with a cumulative score of 166. Junior Callie Hodgkinson (Mead, Colo.) finished the tournament tied with Duffie in 52nd with a second round 88 and 172 overall.
The Saint Leo Invitational was the last tournament in the fall season for FSC. The Mocs do not get underway again until early spring where they will be searching for their fifth national title after finishing as runner-ups in 2012.