PALM BEACH GARDENS – Florida Southern knocked 14 strokes off its first-round scoring total with a final-round 309 as three different Moccasins shot in the 70's, while Rollins overtook Seminole State for the team title at the 11th annual Guy Harvey Invitational on Tuesday.
After a 323 put them in 13th place on Monday, the Moccasins came back 24 hours later with a 309, which was only one shot off their best round of the fall. All five of their players improved by at least two strokes, with senior Kit Creighton shaving five off her opening round with a 78, and senior Emma Marlatt also showing a 5-stroke improvement with an 82.
Shannon McKew remained Florida Southern's top golfer with a final-round 73 that allowed her to close the tournament with a 2-day total of five-over par 149. By tying for fourth place on the leaderboard, the redshirt junior had the best finish of her college career after placing fifth in the Lady Falcon Invitational in September. Only three other golfers in the field of 99 had a better score on Tuesday, one of them Lexie Toth of Rollins who took home medalist honors with a one-over par 145.
In addition to the 73 by McKew, the 78 by Creighton, and the 82 by Marlatt, the Moccasins also got a 76 from sophomore Abbey Williams and another 82 from junior Britta Bernth. Freshman Tori Higgins, who was playing as an individual, shot an 83 on Tuesday.
The Mocs' 309 moved them ahead of Florida Atlantic, and more importantly, regional opponent Armstrong State in the team standings where they finished 11th (323-309=632). They were five shots out of tenth, a position held by Indianapolis.
Rollins won the team title for the second time at the Guy Harvey with a total score of 601. Its first win at the Guy Harvey came in 2007. The Tars finished four strokes ahead of Seminole State (FL), and seven ahead of third-place Barry. Florida Tech and host school Nova Southeastern tied for fifth, and were 10 shots behind Rollins.
With her final-round 70, Lexie Toth claimed the individual title with a 4-stroke margin over Ji Sun Kang of Daytona State and Tilda Larsson of Barry. Five golfers, with McKew among them for Florida Southern, were tied for fourth, four shots off the pace.
Florida Southern will play its final tournament of the fall on October 19 and 20 at Lake Jovita in the Saint Leo Fall Classic.