Higgins' 72 has Moccasins Now Alone in Second at Lady Falcon Invitational

Tori Higgins
Tori Higgins

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Senior Tori Higgins soared up the standings Saturday with an even-par 72 to end the day tied for sixth, and four other Moccasins were in the top-20 as fifth-ranked Florida Southern stands alone in second place with one round remaining in the Lady Falcon Invitational.

Florida Southern was one of three teams tied for second going into play on Saturday, but out-shot Bethune-Cookman by one and Lynn by 13 to take sole possession of that spot. The Moccasins, who have a two-day total of 615, are still trailing Seminole State but have cut into the lead, and are now only four shots behind the Raiders. Host Daytona State is in fourth place after posting the best score of Saturday's round with a 306. Those are the only teams within eight shots of the lead.

Almost no one had a better day than Higgins, whose 72 was topped by only one other golfer in the field Saturday and that moved her up 22 spots in the standings. After parring her first two holes Saturday, Higgins birdied No. 3 and No. 4 and never moved above par the entire day. The only player to post a better score in the round was Hollie Muse of Daytona State who had a 69. Higgins' 72, which has her tied with three others, puts her at 153 (+9) overall and 12 strokes behind the leader Worapitcha Anudit of Seminole State.

Anudit, who has scores of 69 and 72, is three-under for the tournament for a three-stroke lead over Muse. Third-place Megan Dennis of Florida Tech is nine strokes off the pace.

Freshman Hanna Rizzolo was Florida Southern's second counter with a 77, and matched Higgins' back-nine score of 37. Junior Amanda Gartrell had a 79 and was the Moccasins' best golfer on the back-nine with an even-par 36. She had a remarkable comeback after starting the day six-over on the first two holes. That puts Gartrell and Rizzolo in a tie for 11th overall with scores of 155.

Freshmen Loren Perez and Nathalie Svensson each shot an 80 Saturday, with Perez now tied for 15th with a total score of 156, and Svensson just outside of the top-20, tied for 21st with a 157.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Shelby Lewis is among the top-20 as well following a second-round 77. She remains second among the 11 golfers who are competing as individuals, two strokes behind Sadie Chlapkowski of Daytona State.

Senior Madi Wetzel and sophomore Ashley Zagers are tied for 36th after scores of 86 and 82 respectively. They have total scores of 165.

The final round is Sunday at LPGA International.