WEST PALM BEACH – With Emily Rymer and Emma Marlatt each shooting in the 70's, and Abbey Williams and Colleen Panosian at 80, Florida Southern opened play in the Guy Harvey Invitational with a 315 that puts the Moccasins in seventh place out of 18 teams.
A three-over par 76 has Rymer in a tie for 12th place on the leaderboard, but has her only three strokes behind a group of four players who are tied for first. It marked the 32nd time in her last 35 rounds going back to the beginning of last season that Rymer has been at 79 or below. The senior from Orlando is part of a 5-way tie for 12th after a day in which no one shot par, but six different teams had exactly one player at either 73 or 74.
Marlatt, a redshirt junior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is tied for 29th place with a 79, followed by Williams (a freshman from Marietta, Georgia) and Panosian (a junior from Smyrna, Georgia), who barely missed a score in the 70's as well. Florida Southern's fifth golfer is freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.), who shot an 86, while redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.), who is playing as an individual, shot an 87.
Strangely enough, Lynn, which is the first-round leader, was not one of the six teams with a golfer at either 73 or 74. The Knights did, however, have two players (Jessica Bradley and Samantha Smolen) shoot a 75, and one other (Louise Manalo) card a 76. The defending national champions completed their score of 305 with a 79 from Jenny Ayala.
Nova Southeastern was only one shot behind Lynn with a 306, even though the Sharks had all five of their golfers in the 70's, and also had one of the first-round individual leaders in Mailen Domecq Chantry. Their remaining four all shot either a 77 or 78.
California Baptist was third with a 307, followed by Saint Leo at 309, and Rollins and West Florida, which each shot 314. With Florida Southern, Armstrong, and Indianapolis all at 315, and both Barry and Flagler at 316, it created a logjam in the team standings at the end of the day, with the top 11 teams within 11 strokes of each other.
The second round gets underway Tuesday morning at PGA National with an 8:30 shotgun start.