PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Amanda Gartrell and Loren Perez shot matching second-round scores of one-over par 73 to get Florida Southern to 299 as a team, which had the 5th-ranked Moccasins tied with 4th-ranked Barry for second in the team standings on day one of the Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern.
Florida Southern ended the first round in fifth place at +24 and was one of five teams ranging from +22 to +25. All of them were chasing tournament host Nova Southeastern, which opened play with a two-over par 290. The 3rd-ranked Sharks got counting scores of 71, 71, 72, and 76, and their fifth golfer shot a 77. Florida Southern was the only other team to have all four of its counters in the 70s, with Gartrell and Tori Higgins each shooting a 77, and Perez and Ashley Zagers turning in 79s.
The Moccasins began moving up the board in the second half of round one by knocking four shots off their team score on the back nine. They out-shot Barry and Eckerd by six on those holes, Tampa by four, and Florida Tech by two. That sent them into round two with some extra momentum, and they moved ahead of Barry, Tampa, and Florida Tech and into second place by the latter stages of the afternoon.
The strong start to round two for Florida Southern coincided with a bad one for Nova Southeastern, which saw its 20-shot lead cut to eight by the Moccasins' rise. Nova got two of those shots back by the end of the day and will take a 10-shot lead over Florida Southern and Barry into the final round. Tampa was a distant fourth, sitting 19 shots behind Nova Southeastern.
Gartrell opened her second round Monday with three birdies on the front nine and made the turn one-under. Perez also turned at one-under after a pair of birdies before each finished with a 73. That put Gartrell in a tie for sixth on the player leaderboard at six-over par 150. Perez was tied with Higgins for 11th with a 152 (+8) after Higgins was one-under over her final 14 holes and had a 75 for the round.
Zagers followed her opening-round 79 with a 78 as the Mocs' fourth counter in the afternoon and was tied for 21st with a 157 (+13). That gave Florida Southern its 299 that was the best team score in the round, and the second lowest score for any team in either round. Only Nova's 290 in round one was better.
Nathalie Svensson was the Mocs' fifth golfer in both rounds with scores of 82 and 80 and finished the day tied for 36th at 162 overall.
Playing as an individual was Shelby Lewis, who had rounds of 78 and 79 to tie for 21st along with Zagers with a 157.
The final round is Tuesday morning at PGA National beginning at 8:30.