Regular Season Concludes With Fifth Place at United States Women's Invitational
CHARLOTTE, NC – With rain shortening the tournament to only one round, Florida Southern wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday with a fifth-place finish at the United States Women’s Invitational, hosted by Belmont Abbey College. The 13th-ranked Moccasins had a score of 324, putting them in the middle of the 10-team field, with 2nd-ranked Barry shooting a 302 to win the tournament title.
After both of Monday’s scheduled rounds were rained out, the teams took the course at Pine Island Country Club Tuesday morning knowing they’d play just 18 holes. Barry ended up getting three 75’s and a 77, and its non-counter had a 78. That allowed the Buccaneers to finish five strokes ahead of #3 Florida Tech, which had the tournament’s medalist, Johanna Larsson (73), but also had to count an 82.
Larsson was one shot better than Krysta Schaus of Erskine (SC), and two shots better than the three Barry golfers who each had a 75.
Following Barry and Florida Tech in the standings were UNC-Pembroke at 313, Newberry (SC) at 322, and Florida Southern and Erskine at 324. Midwestern State (TX) was seventh with a 331.
The Moccasins were led by junior Emily Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who each shot an 80 on Tuesday. That put them in a tie for 20th place and gave Rymer a top-20 finish in all 10 tournaments this season. For Marlatt, it was her second straight top-20 showing since moving into the Mocs’ regular lineup.
Sophomore Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y) was only shot behind Florida Southern’s top two golfers with an 81, and senior Jackie Rajek (Suwanee, Ga.) had an 83. Senior Callie Hodgkinson (Longmont, Colo.) completed the Florida Southern lineup with an 86.
The Moccasins also got an 82 from sophomore Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.), who was playing as an individual. That was second among the six golfers in the tournament who were playing in that role.
Florida Southern’s next tournament will be the Sunshine State Conference Championships, at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City. The championships begin on Sunday, April 13, and runs through Tuesday, April 15.