PALM BEACH GARDENS – An opening-round 76 has redshirt junior Shannon McKew among the tournament leaders, and sophomore Abbey Williams shot an 80 on Monday, as the Moccasins stand in 13th place at the 11th annual Guy Harvey Invitational, hosted by Nova Southeastern.
McKew's 76 has her in a tie for 14th place and trailing first-round leader Cynthia Bounleutay of Seminole State (FL) by four strokes. Bounleutay was the only one of the 99 golfers competing who shot par Monday, though Barry's Tilda Larsson and Daytona State's Ji Sun Kang were only shot behind her. That 72 was just enough to give Seminole State a one stroke advantage over Rollins in the team standings too, with the Tars placing four of their golfers in the top-10. Two of them, however, were playing as individuals, so the Tars were unable to benefit from their scores of 74 and 75.
Even then, Rollins still had a score of 303 for the opening round, with third-place Nova Southeastern turning in a score of 307 for third place, Florida Tech in fourth with a 308, and Lynn and Daytona State tied for fifth at 310.
Florida Southern was among a group of six teams that were clustered within nine shots of each other, a group that included regional opponents Flagler, West Florida, and Armstrong State. The Moccasins counted McKew's 76, Williams' 80, an 83 from senior Kit Creighton, and an 84 from junior Britta Bernth. Senior Emma Marlatt shot an 87, and freshman Tori Higgins had an 84 playing as an individual.
In order to reach the top-10 on Tuesday, the Moccasins will need to make up at least eight strokes in the final round. West Florida and Armstrong are currently tied for 10th with scores of 315, but the Mocs bettered that with a 308 in the opening round of their last tournament in Daytona Beach.
The final round of the Guy Harvey Invitational begins Tuesday morning at 8:30.