Williams and Gartrell Move into Top-10 as Mocs End Regular Season With Third-Place Finish at Argonaut Invitational

Abbey Williams
Abbey Williams

PENSACOLA, FL – For the second day in a row, all five Florida Southern golfers shot in the 70s, with freshman Amanda Gartrell and junior Abbey Williams leading the way, as the Moccasins finished third at the Argonaut Invitational in their final event of the regular season.

With the tournament shortened to two rounds by Monday's rain, the Moccasins had a total score of 608, putting them behind host West Florida and Lee (TN). Both the Argonauts and Flames broke 300 on Tuesday, with the Argos doing it for the second day in a row to post an overall score of 575. That gave them a 26-shot win over Lee and a 33-shot advantage over Florida Southern.

Lee had started the final round two shots behind Florida Southern but moved seven ahead of the Moccasins after counting four scores of 75 or better. The Mocs still finished third though by out-scoring Limestone (SC) by four shots, which pushed the Saints one shot behind them at day's end. They accomplished that with all four counters shooting at least a 78, while Limestone had to count an 80 and an 81 despite a 71 from Hailey Cleary that was the best individual score of the day.

Gartrell had Florida Southern's best score Tuesday with a two-over par 74 that included three birdies. Williams had a 76 that included one birdie and 12 pars. Those scores allowed both Moccasin golfers to tie for eighth place in the tournament with a total of 151, giving both Gartrell and Williams their fourth top-10 showings of the season. Gartrell also tied for the tournament lead in par-5 scoring at three-under.

Right behind them was senior Britta Bernth who had a two-round total of 152 after a 78 on Tuesday. Bernth was tied for 11th and led the Moccasins with six birdies in the tournament. In addition to that, Bernth tied for the tournament lead with her two-under par scoring on the par-3 holes at Marcus Pointe Golf Club.

Fifth-year senior Shannon McKew was the Mocs' fourth counter with a 77 that gave her a 155 overall, and sophomore Tori Higgins had a 79 on Tuesday to finish with a 156. McKew was tied for 16th and Higgins was tied for 20th. McKew joined Bernth as one of the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring, playing those holes at one-under, and Higgins was second in the tournament with 25 pars.

Playing as an individual was junior Anna Millet who shot an 81 in the final round and tied for 28th with a total score of 163. She was second among the five golfers playing strictly as individuals.

West Florida's Fabiana Salazar won medalist honors after defeating teammate Lauren Lamm in a one-hole playoff. Both Argonaut golfers had a two-under par 142 in the tournament, with Lamm out-shooting Salazar by two strokes in the final round to force the playoff. They finished three strokes ahead of a third West Florida golfer, Paloma Vaccaro.

Florida Southern's next tournament will mark the beginning of postseason play as the Moccasins will compete in the Sunshine State Conference Championships, which they will host at The Country Club of Winter Haven, April 23-25.