WINTER SPRINGS – Led by a final-round 77 from sophomore Abbey Williams and a 79 from senior Colleen Panosian, Florida Southern wrapped up play in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational by tying for 11th place in the team standings, while fifth-year senior Emma Marlatt was the Moccasins' top golfer overall with a 27th-place finish for the FSC "B" team.
The Moccasins had a team score of 316 on Tuesday, which allowed them to move up one spot in the field of 17 teams and tie Limestone for 11th with a 935 overall. Williams had her third straight 77 to finish with a 231 overall, the same score which redshirt junior Shannon McKew had with rounds of 78, 73, and 80. That left them tied for 31st place out of 93 players competing.
Williams was the Mocs' top counter on Tuesday and Panosian was second with her 79 before McKew, senior Kit Creighton and freshman Madison Wetzel all carded scores of 80. Creighton finished with a 237, Wetzel had a 238, and Panosian was at 240.
Marlatt also had an 80 for the "B" team in the final round but was still Florida Southern's top golfer in the tournament with a 3-round total of 228, three shots ahead of Williams and McKew. The "B" team's #2 golfer in both the final round and the overall tournament standings was junior Britta Bernth, who had scores of 76, 81, and 80 for a 237.
Freshman Tori Higgins had an 83 Tuesday and a 242 overall, freshman Marisa Boccabella had an 85, which put her at 248 overall, and sophomore Kolby McWilliams had a final-round 91 to close the tournament with a 254.
Nova Southeastern won the team competition with a 3-round total of 885 (+21), which was 14 shots ahead of Florida Tech and Montevallo who tied for second. The Sharks pulled away with a 292 Tuesday, the best round of the tournament for any team, and one shot better than their score from round one. West Florida was fourth, finishing 15 strokes behind Nova, and Barry was fifth, 17 shots behind.
Claiming medalist honors was Tilda Larsson of Barry with a 3-over par 219 (71-75-73). She was one shot ahead of Nova Southeastern's Aldana Foigel and Jamie Freedman, and Rollins' Hally Leadbetter. Jenny Ayala, who won last week's Lady Moc Classic in Lakeland, tied for fifth as the top golfer from Lynn and was two shots behind Larsson.
Florida Southern returns to action on March 14 and 15 in Miami Lakes where the Moccasins will take part in the Lady Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Barry.