SAINT LEO – Freshman Tori Higgins stepped into the lead role for Florida Southern on Tuesday with her best round of the fall and the team's best round of the day, and sophomore Abbey Williams finished as their top golfer in the tournament as Florida Southern closed out play in the Saint Leo Invitational in 12th place. Meanwhile, the Florida Southern "B" team was 13th in the final tournament of the fall semester at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.
Higgins and Williams helped the Moccasins to a final-round team score of 319, with scores of 77 and 79 respectively. The Mocs also counted an 81 from junior Britta Bernth, and had a pair of 82's from redshirt junior Shannon McKew and senior Kit Creighton.
Williams led the team on Tuesday with three birdies, all of them on the back nine where the Moccasins started play in the second round. That put Williams at one-under par when she made the turn before she bogeyed her final six holes. Higgins turned at two-over and had a team-high 11 pars in the round to go along with one birdie on the par-3 No. 4. That gave her a 77 for the round and a 158 for the tournament, just one shot behind Williams.
Williams tied for 26th with her total score of 157, and Higgins tied for 34th in the field of 85 golfers.
Also among those tied for 34th was freshman Madison Wetzel, who led the Florida Southern "B" team with a 158 after posting scores of 75 and 83. The 75 was her best round in any of the three fall tournaments she played, and allowed her to also claim her best finish so far. Wetzel had a total of six birdies in the tournament too, a number topped by only four other golfers.
The "B" team's best golfer on Tuesday though was sophomore Kolby McWilliams, who fired a 79, which gave her an overall score of 161, tied for 49th place. She had three birdies on the day.
Barry won the team title by turning in a score of 296, which allowed the Buccaneers to move ahead of Saint Leo and Lynn. The Bucs edged out the host Lions by two shots, though Saint Leo had the individual champion in Marie Coors, who defeated Elaine Wood of Montevallo in a 1-hole playoff. Coors won by making birdie on the par-4 No. 18 after they had finished the second round tied at two-over par 146.
First-round leader Vilde Eriksen of Saint Leo finished third. Eriksen had a 70 on Monday but a 77 on Tuesday.
Barry had a team score of 596 (300-296), with Saint Leo posting a 598 (297-301). West Florida was third with a 611 (306-305), Lynn was fourth with a 613 (299-314), and Montevallo was fifth at 621 (316-305).
Florida Southern had a 2-day total of 644, and the Moccasin "B" team finished with a 646.