HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS – Abbey Williams was the Florida Southern leader Sunday with a 76, while Emily Rymer and Colleen Panosian each shot a 78, as the Moccasins finished the Bearcat Spring Classic in eighth place out of 17 teams.
Florida Southern was the only Division II school competing in the tournament, which also included one junior college team, Seminole State (FL). The Moccasins went into Sunday's final round in sixth place, but with Seton Hall and Central Arkansas each posting team scores of 303, those teams were able to move ahead of Florida Southern, which had a 312. The Moccasins were four strokes ahead of Winthrop, and the four teams which finished in the sixth though ninth positions were separated by 12 shots.
Memphis, which had a solid lead through two rounds, added to it Sunday with a tournament-best 290. That was 11 shots better than any other school had in the final round, and the Tigers had the two best rounds in the tournament with a 298 on Friday in addition to their 290 on Sunday. They finished 25 shots ahead of runner-up Jacksonville, and 31 ahead of third-place Seminole State. Host school Cincinnati finished fourth, 34 shots behind Memphis, and North Dakota State was fifth, 35 behind the winners.
Williams, a freshman from Marietta, Georgia, turned in Florida Southern's best score on Sunday and had 13 holes with either a birdie or par. After bogeys on two of her first three holes, she played even over the next 14, and finished the tournament with a 238 (+22). She was able to catch Panosian, who had an identical 3-round total of 238 after a second straight 79. Panosian, a junior from Smyrna, Georgia shook off a slow start that had her at four-over through the first three holes Sunday before she strung together seven straight even-par holes, and did so on 12 of her final 15. That put both Williams and Panosian in a tie for 40th place out of 97 golfers overall.
The best finish by a Moccasin belonged to sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.), who tied for 13th place with a 229 (+13). She had scores of 75, 75, and 79, which gives her six consecutive rounds in the 70's as she's lowered her average from fall to spring by more than three strokes.
Rymer was tied for 21st with a 232 (+16), and matched Bernth with three rounds in the 70's at the Bearcat Spring Classic. The senior from Orlando had a 78 on Sunday, and similar to Panosian, fought back after a little bit of a rough start. Rymer was four over after four holes but parred 10 straight holes after that, and 13 of her final 14.
Redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had a final-round 82, giving her a 254 for the tournament.
Playing as an individual, junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) maintained her position as the top player in that category after shooting a 79 Sunday. That gave her a 237 overall and tied her for 31st place.
Winning medalist honors was Danielle Lemek of Bradley, who came into Sunday tied with Emily Goldenstein of Memphis, but out-shot her by a single stroke Sunday, 74-75. Lemek birdied two of her final three holes to get the win while Goldenstein had bogeys on two of her final four. Lemek finished the tournament at 219 (+3), Goldenstein was at 220 (+4), and Sydney Legacy of Seminole State was third at 221 (+5). Legacy and Leighann Cabush of Memphis, who was fourth in the player standings with a 222, were the only golfers who broke par or had an even-par score Sunday, shooting a 71 and 70 respectively.
Florida Southern has one regular season tournament remaining, and will travel to Pace for the Argonaut Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida, March 30 and 31.