PACE, Fla. – With senior Emily Rymer shooting a 72 in the morning and a 75 in the afternoon, and junior Kit Creighton turning in scores of 77 and 78, Florida Southern took a 2-stroke lead over Limestone and a 3-stroke lead over two other teams at the University of West Florida Argonaut Invitational.
With two rounds being played on Monday, Florida Southern took the lead after the first one with a 307 (+19), which at that point was three shots ahead of both Limestone (SC) and Florida Tech. All three of those schools counted three scores in the 70's and had their fourth counter shoot an 80. The Moccasins, however, got a 72 from Rymer (Orlando, Fla.), which was exactly three strokes better than the top counters from Limestone and Florida Tech. Rymer earned that score with four birdies, the most for any player in the first round.
The Moccasins also brought in a 77 from Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.), a 78 from sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.), and an 80 from freshman Abbey Williams (Marietta, Ga.). Junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) wasn't far off that mark as the Mocs' fifth golfer too with an opening-round 81.
In addition to their five golfers playing as part of the team, they got an 82 from individual Kolby McWilliams. The freshman from Tallahassee, Florida was one of seven players in the field competing as individuals, and her 82 was the best score among that group.
The scores in the afternoon weren't quite what they were in the morning, but Florida Southern's 312 was enough to maintain its advantage over the remaining 12 teams participating. Limestone was one shot better though with a 311, while Florida Tech equaled Florida Southern's score. West Georgia remained in the hunt too with the best score of any team in round two with a 310, getting the Wolves within three shots of the Moccasins and tying them with Florida Tech for third.
After Rymer was the only golfer in the field to reach par in round one, no one did it in round two, with West Georgia's Lola Uribe Astolfi coming the closest at one-over par 73. No one else even had a 74, with Rymer turning in the Mocs' best round at three-over par 75.
Once again though, the Moccasins had two other counters in the 70's, with Creighton shooting a 78 and Williams a 79; and just as they did earlier in the day, the Moccasins got an 80 from their fourth counter, Bernth. Second-place Limestone got an 81 from its fourth counter, and while Florida Tech was the only team that had all four of its counters in the 70's, the Panthers' best score was only a 77, two shots behind Rymer's second-round score.
With her total score of 147 (+3), Rymer has a share of the lead in the player standings with Astolfi, with both golfers opening up a substantial lead Monday afternoon. Their closest pursuers are six strokes behind, with two more trailing the co-leaders by seven strokes. Creighton is tied for eighth place with her total score of 155 (+11).
Bernth and Williams are also in the top-20, with Bernth ending the day in a tie for 16th with a 158, and Williams in a tie for 18th with a 159. Panosian is tied for 43rd with a 170. McWilliams had a 173 on Monday and is in 49th place, which is second among the seven golfers playing as individuals.
The final round is Tuesday morning at Stonebrook golf Club.