MELBOURNE, FL – For the second time this season and the third time in her career, Florida Southern's Amanda Gartrell is the Sunshine State Conference Women's Golfer of the Week. Gartrell earned the award after winning last week's Argonaut Invitational, hosted by West Florida in Navarre, Florida at The Club at Hidden Creek.
In picking up the first win of her college career, Gartrell had to overcome a two-stroke deficit in the final nine holes of the tournament. She started the third round trailing Nova Southeastern's Hanna Ahlander by that margin, and at one point on the front nine while playing in the same group, fell three shots off the pace. A birdie on No. 9 allowed Gartrell to trim the deficit back to two strokes as the group made the turn, and by 13, she had the lead. Gartrell then birdied 14 and parred the last four holes to go from two shots down to a two-shot win over Ahlander.
Gartrell had rounds of 72, 74, and 72 for a two-over-par 218. She had a tournament-high 11 birdies overall, including four in the final round.
The win was Gartrell's first in her career, though the junior from Lakeland had been close several times before last Tuesday. It was the 18th top-10 tournament finish of her career and 10th time in the top-five. Earlier this season, in October, Gartrell was the runner-up at the Saint Leo Invitational, which also earned her the SSC Women's Golfer of the Week award. She had finished third in two tournaments last season, including the NCAA Super Regional, and had a pair of third-place showings as a freshman too.
Gartrell's performance helped the 13th-ranked Moccasins finish third as a team behind No. 3 Nova Southeastern and West Florida, and seven shots ahead of No. 16 Saint Leo.