Florida Southern Has the Lead Halfway Through Newberry College Invitational; Two Mocs Tied for Second Individually

Victoria Cangero (photo courtesy of Newberry College)
Victoria Cangero (photo courtesy of Newberry College)

ELGIN, SC – Behind a pair of 75s from Victoria Cangero and Ashley Zagers that tied the two Moccasins for second place individually, the Florida Southern women's golf team stood at the top of the team standings after one round of the Newberry College Invitational at The Members Club at Woodcreek.

The Moccasins posted a team score of 308 Monday in frigid conditions for most of the day. In addition to the 75s from Cangero and Zagers they also got a 76 from Amanda Gartrell and 82s from Abbey Williams and Tori Higgins. Gartrell was tied fourth, while Williams and Higgins were tied for 17th. No other fifth golfer was higher than 26th in the field of 44 golfers. That enabled the Moccasins to open up a four-shot lead over Wingate (NC), and a 13-shot over third-place Lincoln Memorial (TN). Those two teams had only one score better than a 76, and that came from tournament individual leader Laura Nunez Rodriguez, who had a two-over par 74 for Wingate.

Cangero and Zagers were just one stroke behind her as they combined to birdie or par 27 of their 36 holes. That was comparable to Rodriguez, who had 14 birdies or pars, but none of her Wingate teammates could quite match her. Playing in the fourth position in the lineup, Cangero was seven strokes better than Wingate's No. 4, and Zagers was four strokes better in the fifth lineup position. Gartrell was in the No. 1 position and had a one-stroke advantage over Wingate's No. 1, Diana McDonald.

Gartrell was also tied with North Georgia's Megan Sabol and Lincoln Memorial's Lise Malherbe at four-over par 76, and three other golfers were one stroke behind them. That put a total of nine golfers within three shots of the lead halfway through the two-round tournament.

Tuesday's final round begins at 8:30 a.m.