Florida Southern Finishes 11th at Barry University Women's Invitational

Emma Marlatt
Emma Marlatt

MIAMI LAKES – Lynn's Krissy Ortiz defeated Florida Tech's Felicia Leftinger in a 3-hole playoff for the individual title, though Florida Tech won the team trophy in record-breaking fashion at the Barry University Women's Invitational. Florida Southern finished 11th in tournament led by sophomore Abbey Williams overall, along with fifth-year senior Emma Marlatt in Tuesday's final round of play.

Florida Tech, which is ranked #1 in the most recent GolfStat national rankings, counted a pair of 71's and a pair of 72's in the final round for a two-under par 286. That gave the Panthers a new tournament scoring record with an 866 overall, putting them eight shots ahead of host #3 Barry. #7 Lynn was third with an 882, #2 Rollins was fourth with an 883, and #6 Nova Southeastern was fifth with an 887.

The Moccasins had a 308 team score on Tuesday after a 305 and a 308 in the first two rounds. Williams and Marlatt each had a 76, and senior Kit Creighton and redshirt junior Shannon McKew turned in 78's. Senior Colleen Panosian had an 87 in the final round as the Mocs' non-counter.

Williams tied for 27th overall with a 225 (+9), and Creighton was tied for 38th with a 229. They were followed by McKew (233), Marlatt (235) and Panosian (248).

The Florida Southern "B" team was paced by sophomore Kolby McWilliams on Tuesday with her 77, while junior Britta Bernth and freshman Tori Higgins each had a 78. Freshman Madison Wetzel turned in an 82, and freshman Marisa Boccabella had an 87. Wetzel was the "B" team's best golfer in the tournament with a 3-round total of 233, followed by Higgins (237), Bernth (238), McWilliams (248) and Boccabella (250).

Ortiz won the playoff over Leftinger on the third playoff hole after both golfers parred No. 1 and No. 2. On the par-3 171-yard No. 3, Ortiz again shot par, but Leftinger had a bogey. They went into the playoff with twin scores of six-under par 210, which broke the previous individual scoring record set by Rollins' Annie Dulman in 2015. Stephanie Tucker of Flagler also broke that record with a four-under par 212, but finished two shots behind Ortiz and Leftinger.

Florida Southern's next tournament will be March 25-27 at Howey-In-The-Hills where the Moccasins will take part in the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Spring Classic.