MIAMI LAKES – Sophomore Abbey Williams led Florida Southern with a 73 in round one, and freshman Madison Wetzel had a 73 in round two for the FSC "B" team as the Moccasins ended the first day of the Barry University Women's Invitational in 11th place.
With two rounds being played on Monday at the Senator's Course at Don Shula's Golf Club, the Moccasins shot a 305 in the first one behind Williams, whose season-best score of one-over par 73 put her in a tie for 17th place at that point. Williams was among the first-round leaders with four birdies and one of 22 golfers who had a 73 or better. Senior Kit Creighton, redshirt junior Shannon McKew and senior Colleen Panosian were the Moccasins' other first-round counters with 76, 77, and 79, and fifth-year senior Emma Marlatt had an 80.
Florida Southern's team score of 305 equaled its third lowest of the season, surpassed by only two rounds on its home course during the Lady Moc Classic. Yet the Moccasins still found themselves in 10th place at the end of the round with none of the top 11 teams in the tournament counting anything in the 80's. Those scores were probably not surprising with seven of the top-10 teams in the GolfStat rankings among those competing
Four golfers in the field of 75 had first-round scores in the 60's, including Guro Rambjoer of top-ranked Florida Tech and Annie Dulman of #2 Rollins who shared the early lead with 68's. Those were the second lowest scores for a single round in the five years Barry has hosted the tournament. Prior to Monday's first round only two other golfers had ever broken 70 in the previous four Barry Invitationals, one of them Dulman with a 66 in the second round last year.
With Rambjoer shooting a 68 for Florida Tech, and Dulman doing the same for Rollins, the Panthers and Tars were at the top of the team standings in round one with scores of 288 and 289. Saint Leo also had a 289, with Marie Coors shooting a 69 for the Lions. Five other teams had scores between 292 and 299 in the opening round.
None of the four players who were in the 60's in round one had anything better than a 74 in round two, but three other players shot in the 60's. One of them was Felicia Leftinger of Florida Tech, who broke Dulman's 2015 tournament record with a seven-under par 65. Combined with her first-round 73, it put Leftinger in the lead with a 2-round total of six-under par 138, still only one shot better than Lynn's Krissy Ortiz, who had a 70 and 69 on Monday. They were two of the eight golfers who finished the day under par with two more sitting at even par.
Even with Leftinger and Rambjoer among the individual leaders, Florida Tech was still in second place as a team, trailing Nova Southeastern by one shot (579-580). Host Barry, which is ranked #3, was third with a 585, #7 Lynn was fourth with a 587, and #5 Saint Leo was fifth with a 588.
Florida Southern, which is ranked #27, again counted four scores in the 70's in the second round, but so too did every team ahead of the Moccasins. Creighton was the Mocs' second-round leader with a 75, Williams had a 76, McKew had a 78, and Marlatt had a 79, giving them a 308. Panosian had an 82.
Williams remained Florida Southern's overall leader in a tie for 23rd place with her 149. Creighton was tied for 32nd with a 151, McKew was tied for 50th with a 155, Marlatt was tied for 59th with a 159, and Panosian was tied for 63rd with a 161.
The "B" team had rounds of 324 and 309 on Monday, led by Wetzel who had individual scores of 78 and 73 for a 151 total. That put the freshman in a tie for 32nd place. Freshman Tori Higgins (83-76), junior Britta Bernth (79-81), freshman Marisa Boccabella (84-79) and sophomore Kolby McWilliams (84-87) completed the "B" team lineup.
The tournament concludes with one round on Tuesday.