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Perez Shoots 74 Again to Finish 11th at Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational as Moccasins Tie for Fifth as a Team

Loren Perez
Loren Perez

WINDERMERE, FL – Loren Perez shot a third consecutive 74, and Amanda Gartrell had a team-best 72 on Tuesday to lead No. 12 Florida Southern to a fifth-place showing at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational hosted by Rollins. The Moccasins finished tied with Lee at +41 (905) with Florida Tech capturing the team title with a +4 (868).

Florida Southern was tied for sixth with West Florida but out-shot the Argonauts Tuesday by 17 strokes and also moved ahead of Tampa with a final-round 302. Lee shot a 296 Tuesday to tie the Moccasins, but no team came close to Florida Tech, which turned in a tournament record 10-under-par 278 to erase a 10-shot deficit and win by 14 over second-round leader Lynn. The Knights' 302 was still tied for the third best score of the day behind Florida Tech and Lee, but was 24 shots worse than Florida Tech after the Panthers had all four of their counters shoot under par. Saint Leo finished in third place, 30 shots behind Florida Tech, and Limestone was fourth, 34 off the pace.

Florida Tech, Lynn, and Florida Southern were the only teams to have all five team members in the 70s. Gartrell's 72 was the Moccasins' top score, but Perez had the higher finish overall. Her third straight 74 put her at +6 (222) for the tournament and tied for 11th. Gartrell was at +8 (224) and tied for 17th after birdying two of her final three holes and playing the final nine at two-under. Perez had two birdies in the final round and at one point had 11 straight pars.

Madi Wetzel, Shelby Lewis, and Ashley Zagers all shot a 78 Tuesday. Wetzel finished 31st overall at +12 (228), Lewis was 34th at +15 (231), and Zagers tied for 48th at +20 (236). Zagers led the Mocs with four birdies in the final round.

Nathalie Svensson and Hanna Rizzolo competed as individuals and tied for 48th and 82nd with a 236 and 253 respectively. Svensson shot a 77 in the final and round Rizzolo had an 86. Svensson's score put her second among the 11 golfers who were playing exclusively as individuals.

Florida Tech's Noelle Beijer won medalist honors with a four-under-par 212 (74-71-67), moving all the way up from eighth place in the final round. She was one stroke ahead of Tampa's Kiira Riihijarvi and two in front of Limestone's Pilar Martinez, who held the lead going into the final round before shooting a 74. Lynn had the next two golfers in the field with Helen Kreuzer at -1, and Krissy Ortiz at +1.

Florida Southern's next tournament is the Barry University Invitational, March 25-26 in Miami Lakes.