SAINT LEO, Fla. – With an impressive finish by sophomore Marisa Boccabella, junior Abbey Williams, and junior Anna Millet, Florida Southern closed out the first day of the 2016 Saint Leo Women's Invitational in 10th place with a team score of 315.
Playing as an individual in the tournament and starting on No. 11, Boccabella had a team-high three birdies Monday, and had two of them on her first five holes. After a double bogey on 16, Boccabella played her final 12 holes at one-over with nine pars and one more birdie, which came on her final hole of the day. That gave her a score of four-over par 76, the best of her career to date with the Moccasins. She was tied for 21st in the field of 80 golfers at Saint Leo, and her score of two-under on the four par 5-'s at Lake Jovita's North Course was the best in the tournament.
Williams had the Moccasins' best score of the day overall with a three-over par 75, putting her in a tie for 16th place. She started her round on the par-5 No. 1, which was one of the 15 holes she parred on Monday. Williams had bogeys on 3 and 5, but was one-over the rest of the day for her best round of the fall.
Florida Southern's second counter was freshman Amanda Gartrell with a 79. She had only one hole with anything worse than a bogey, and that came at the start of her round with a seven on the par-5 No. 1. The Mocs' third counter, sophomore Tori Higgins, had a pair of birdies on the front nine and made the turn at two-over before finishing with an 80, and senior Shannon McKew also had a pair of birdies on the front before closing with an 81. Freshman Victoria Cangero shot an 83 as the Mocs' fifth golfer.
In addition to Boccabella, the Moccasins also had Millet and sophomore Madison Wetzel playing as individuals. Millet had a career-best 77, and Wetzel had an 84. Millett had the Mocs' best 9-hole score of the day with a one-under par 35 on the front nine, which brought her day to an end and put her in a tie for 26th place.
Leading the tournament was host Saint Leo with a one-under par 287, giving the Lions a 5-shot lead over Lynn. The Lions had three golfers shoot an even-par 72 to go along with a one-under par 71 by Sabrina Rumbaugh. No other team was closer to Saint Leo than 13 shots.
Even though Lynn was running second to Saint Leo in the team standings, the Knights still had the top two golfers in the tournament. Jenny Ayala and Krissy Ortiz each shot a two-under par 70, putting them one stroke ahead of five others, including Rumbaugh.
The final round is Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m.