MIAMI LAKES – Senior Emily Rymer recovered from a tough first round to shoot a second-round score of one-under par 71, freshman Abbey Williams turned in another strong round with a 75, and sophomore Britta Bernth is still one of the top individuals in round two of the Barry University Women's Invitational.
All four of Florida Southern's counters in the second round were in the 70's, which pushed the Moccasins up two spots in the team standings going into Tuesday's final round. In addition to the scores posted by Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) and Williams (Marietta, Ga.) in round two, the Moccasins also got a 75 from junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna Ga.) and a 77 from junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.). Redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who was Florida Southern's fifth golfer in the second round had an 80. The four counters totaled a 298, which was 16 shots better than the Mocs' first-round score, and made them one of four teams in the 15-team field to break 300 in the second round.
The 298 also moved Florida Southern from 12th place to 10th place, putting them just one stroke behind 9th-place Arkansas Tech, and within five strokes of the top-five. The Moccasins are also just one shot ahead of Florida Tech, which is in 13th place. The Panthers got a hole-in-one from Sarah Thomas in the second round, but had to count her 82.
With a 74 and 75 to her credit so far, Williams has been Florida Southern's top golfer in the tournament. Her total score of 149 has her in a tie for 13th place. Rymer, who has scores of 80 and 71 for a two-round total of 151, is tied for 25th. Rymer moved up 31 spots in the player standings, and Panosian jumped 15 spots in round two and now has a total score of 156 (81-75).
Florida Southern also has four designated individuals in the tournament, a group led by Bernth (Greenville, Mich.). With her second straight 77, Bernth is tied for 40th and is number five among the 17 golfers in the tournament who are playing as individuals. Freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) had an 81 in round two, redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.) had an 82, and junior Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) had an 84.
First-round leader Annie Dulman of Rollins still leads after the second round with a five-under par 139, though Nova Southeastern's Jamie Freedman closed the gap with a 68. That drew Freedman within two shots of Dulman, and with Liliana Cammisa shooting a 69, the Sharks were able to overtake Rollins in the team standings.
Nova now has a 3-shot lead over Rollins (580-583), with Lynn sitting seven strokes off the pace. Host Barry is in fourth place and trails Nova by 10 shots with one round remaining at Don Shula's Golf Club.