POOLER, Ga. – After turning in a strong performance as the top golfer for the Florida Southern "B" team in the Lady Moc Classic two weeks ago, Colleen Panosian was elevated to the Moccasins' top team for the Armstrong Pirate Invitational and is off to an even better start. Shooting a one-over par 73 in Monday's opening round, the junior from Smyrna, Georgia was tied for sixth place herself, and had led the Moccasins to third place in the team standings.
Though Panosian had Florida Southern's best score Monday, the Moccasins were playing well all throughout the lineup. For the first time this season, all five of their golfers were in the 70's, and all four counters were at 75 or better. That added up to a team score of 298, putting the Mocs in a third-place tie with Florida Tech, which counted a pair of 77's but also got a 69 from Felicia Leftinger, who was tied with Nova Southeastern's Daniela Ortiz for the individual lead.
The 69 by Ortiz had the Sharks in first place as a team with a score of one-over par 289, putting them six strokes ahead of Flagler and nine ahead of Florida Southern and Florida Tech. West Florida was in fifth place with a 302, with the Argonauts 13 strokes behind the Sharks in the 16-team tournament.
Nova Southeastern had four of the top-10 golfers in the tournament, but Florida Southern wasn't far behind with four in the top-15, led by Panosian. Nova, Florida Tech, West Florida and Flagler all had one of the four golfers in the field who broke par on Monday, and host Armstrong State had one of its golfers shoot a 72. Panosian barely missed being a member of that group with her 73 after starting the day fifth in the lineup.
Senior Emily Rymer (Orlando, Fla.), freshman Abbey Williams (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) all had 75's and were tied for 15th place to complete the scoring for Florida Southern, and redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had a 79 and was tied for 42nd. Only Nova Southeastern had as many golfers in the top-15, or the top-20, and Marlatt's 79 was topped by only one other non-counter in the tournament. It meant Nova, Florida Southern and Florida Tech were the only teams that had all five of golfers finish day one in the top half of the 85-player field.
The second round of the 2-round tournament at Savannah Quarters Country Club gets underway Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.