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Four Moccasins in Top-20 After Two Rounds of Argonaut Invitational as Florida Southern Ends Day One in Third Place

Ashley Zagers
Ashley Zagers

NAVARRE, FL – With four golfers among the top-20 at the end of the day, and Amanda Gartrell in the top-10, Florida Southern had rounds of 299 and 307 Monday to hold down third place in the team standings behind only Barry and Flagler.

Halfway through the day, the Moccasins were second after their opening-round 299 put them five shots behind Flagler and three ahead of Barry. That extended their school-record streak of sub-300 rounds to seven. The Mocs were led initially by Tori Higgins, who had a one-under par 71, which made her one of only two golfers to break par in round one. The other was West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro, who shot a 69. The Moccasins' other three counters, Gartrell, Ashley Zagers, and Shelby Lewis, all shot a 76, while Abbey Williams was only one stroke behind them with a 77.

Flagler had four of the top-10 golfers in the field in round one, counting scores of 72, 73, 74, and 75, with the Saints' fifth golfer logging a 76. Barry had counting scores of 74, 75, 76, and 77, with a 79 coming from its fifth golfer. Higgins' 71 was essentially the difference in the team score between the Moccasins and Buccaneers as the teams began round two.

The Mocs' best score in the afternoon belonged to Gartrell, who had a two-over-par 74, which moved her seven spots up the standings and into a tie for eighth place with a 150 (+6). Higgins, however, saw her score go from a 71 to an 81 that made her Florida Southern's non-counter in the afternoon and dropped her from second to a tie for 12th at 152 (+8). Lewis posted that same score, following her second 76 of the day.

Zagers was only one shot behind them with a 153 (+9) after carding 77 in round two, and Williams shot an 80 that gave her an overall score of 157 and tied her for 26th.

With Barry getting a second-round best 67 from Tilda Larsson, the Buccaneers were able to overtake both Florida Southern and Flagler for first place in the team standings at +20. Larsson's score was eight shots better than any of her teammates had in round two, and three shots better than anyone else in the tournament posted in that round. It still wasn't enough, however, to catch Vaccaro, whose 73 combined with her earlier 69 still had her in the lead with a two-under-par 142, one stroke better than Larsson. Haverly Harrold of Lee University was four strokes back in third place.

Larsson's score did push Barry into the lead by four shots over Flagler and 10 over third-place Florida Southern. The Buccaneers had all five of their golfers in the 70s in both rounds, but Flagler and Florida Southern each had to count an 80 in round two, and Larsson was four shots better than Flagler's top golfer, Natalia Azcue, and seven better than Gartrell.

The final round at The Club at Hidden Creek begins Tuesday morning with an 8:30 shotgun start.