SOUTHERN PINES, NC - Behind a 75 from senior Emily Rymer and a 77 from junior Colleen Panosian, Florida Southern had its best team score of the 3-round Ross Resorts Invitational, while individual Abbey Williams closed out her first collegiate tournament with an eighth-place finish.
Florida Southern saw its scoring totals improve in each round and its 316 on Tuesday was 20 strokes better than what the Moccasins opened with on Monday. Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) and Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) each had their best rounds of the tournament, as did freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) with an 80. Redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was their fourth counter in round three with an 84. All of that nearly allowed Florida Southern to catch UNC-Pembroke for seventh place, even after their tough opening round.
The Moccasinsâ best golfer in the tournament though was Williams, a freshman from Marietta, Georgia, who was playing as an individual. Even with her 81 on Tuesday, Williams still became only the fifth freshman in team history to place in the top-10 of her first tournament. Itâs a list that includes All-Americans Kim Ulander, Silvie Dittertova, Jana Peterkova, and Heather Burgner. Dittertova was the most recent to accomplish that feat, placing second in the Northern Arizona Mountain Shootout in September of 2008.
Among the eight individuals who were competing, all of them from either Florida Southern or Rollins, Williams' 3-round total of 230 was the best by at least seven strokes. The Tars' Eva Baraschi was second on that list with a 237 that put her in a tie for 17th place.
Rymer was one of nine players in the field of 48 who was in the 70âs for all three of her rounds, and just as the Moccasins did as a team, she lowered her score each time she took the course. Eventually finishing with a 232 (79-78-75), Rymer tied for 11th place and has been below 80 in 17 of her last 18 rounds dating back to last season.
Panosian tied for 31st place with a 245 (87-81-77), and her 10-stroke improvement from round one to round three was the best in the tournament. Marlatt and McWilliams tied for 37th place with scores of 252, and junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) had a 169 in the final two rounds.
In addition to Williams, Florida Southern had three other players competing as individuals, with sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.) carding a 250, and redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cokeysville, Md.) and junior Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) each turning in a 276.
Nova Southeastern won the team title by overcoming a 5-stroke deficit in the final round to finish one shot ahead of Barry. The Buccaneers had edged the Sharks in round one by one stroke, and round two by four strokes, but the Sharks turned around on Tuesday and out-shot the Bucs, 305-311, and finished with a total score of 918. Rollins held on to third place with a 926, just three shots ahead of fourth-place Saint Leo.
Medalist honors went to freshman Madison Lellyo of Rollins, who was one stroke ahead of Martina Bertuccioli of Barry, and two strokes ahead of third-place Liliana Cammisa of Nova Southeastern. Cammisa held the lead going into the final round with a 3-stroke edge over Lellyo. The Sharks still finished at the top of the team standings by having three of the top 10 golfers in the field.
Florida Southern will be back in action this weekend at the Lady Falcon Invitational hosted by Daytona State at LPGA International on Saturday and Sunday.