Race Remains Tight for Rymer at NCAA Super Regionals; Second 74 Has Her Tied for Sixth
DADE CITY – A tight race when the day began was just as tight when it came to an end for Florida Southern individual golfer Emily Rymer at the NCAA Division II South Super Regional. Shooting her second straight 74, Rymer was able to hold on to a share of one of the three spots that would qualify for the National Finals, and is tied for sixth place overall.
The top three teams from the South Region will move on to next week’s National Finals in North Carolina, but playing as an individual, Rymer’s only chance to make it is by finishing as one of the top three golfers not with one of the advancing teams. In one respect, the picture got a little bit clearer for her on Monday as Lynn (588) and Barry (599) took control of the team standings. That means Rymer won’t likely have to worry about any players from those two teams, but Florida Tech (607) and Rollins (608) are separated by only one stroke for third place.
Going into the final round, Rymer’s chief competition is Daisy-May Kenny of West Florida, Marie Coors from Saint Leo, Annie Dulman of Rollins, and Jenna Birch of Armstrong Atlantic. Kenny, who shot a 70 to take the individual lead after round one, had a 77 on Monday and is now in a 4-way tie for second, with Coors also among that group. Coors had a 71 on Monday, and their 147’s put them one shot ahead of Rymer. With Saint Leo and West Florida 13 and 15 shots behind third-place Florida Tech, it’s likely that Kenny and Coors will only make it to the National Finals as individual qualifiers, the same way Rymer will have to go.
The other three golfers in front of Rymer are from either Lynn or Barry, with Lynn’s Ellen Chambers the new tournament leader at three-under par 141. Chambers shot a 69 Monday to open up a 6-stroke lead over the rest of the field.
However, Rymer still has to be concerned with Dulman and Birch as well. Dulman’s 72 in the second round allowed her to catch Rymer at the end of the day. Now tied for sixth place at four-over par 148 for the tournament, they’re trying to hold off Birch, who is alone in eighth with a score of 150. Montevallo’s Elaine Wood, another individual regional qualifier like Rymer, is also in the mix after a 71 on Monday gave her a 151 for the tournament.
Even with Rymer’s focus on the player leaderboard, the team standings could still come into play too. Going into Tuesday’s final round, Rollins is in fourth place, but should the Tars jump ahead of Florida Tech, it would take Dulman out of the running for an individual bid to nationals, just as anyone from Lynn and Barry would be. That might work to Rymer’s advantage, depending on what Florida Tech’s top golfers do on Tuesday. Two of them have scores of 151, but that still puts them three strokes behind Rymer, in addition to her 2-stroke lead on Birch from Armstrong Atlantic.
Over the first half of her round Monday morning, Rymer was at one-under par, picking up a birdie on the par-five No. 2, with the other eight holes all resulting in an even-par score. Making the turn at -1, she’d moved from a fourth-place tie into third, but bogeys on 10 and 11 pushed her backward. By that time, her closest competitors were also on the course, including Kenny, who had opened the tournament with a two-under par 70 for West Florida on Sunday.
A double-bogey on No. 14 provided Rymer with a temporary setback, but the junior from Orlando recovered nicely with three straight pars before finishing the round with a birdie on 18. That gave her a 74 for the second day in a row and sent her to the clubhouse still tied for fourth.
As Rymer relaxed, the rest of the field was still fighting for position, and there had been some significant developments. Kenny got off to a rocky start with a triple-bogey on the first hole, and had already given up the lead to Chambers. Elin Olsson, another West Florida golfer who had matched Rymer with a 74 on Sunday, made the turn at +5, and had fallen even further.
On the other hand, Coors was making a push upward, and with three holes remaining in her round, had caught Rymer for fourth place when Rymer went to the clubhouse. Then, with birdies on 17 and 18, Coors ended up with her 71, moving one stroke ahead of Rymer at the end of the day. Dulman also surged up the standings by carding a 72, which allowed her to pull even with Rymer at 148 for the tournament.
The final round at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club begins Tuesday morning at 8:30. Rymer will tee off at 8:40 along with her new playing partner, Elaine Wood of Montevallo (AL), who shaved a tournament-best nine strokes off her score from Sunday (80) to Monday (71).