DAYTONA BEACH – Freshman Amanda Gartrell shot a one-under par 71 on Saturday to share a portion of the individual lead, and sophomore Tori Higgins had a 75 that put her among the top-10 too as part of the Moccasin "B" team to lead a strong showing by Florida Southern on day one of the Lady Falcon Invitational.
Playing in only the second tournament of her college career, Gartrell was tied with Florida Tech's Paola Ortiz after a back-nine 34. Ortiz had a 34 on the front side, leaving both players deadlocked at 71 and holding a one-stroke lead over three other golfers.
Gartrell was one of four Moccasins among the top 12, with Higgins tied for 10th, and junior Abbey Williams and freshman Victoria Cangero tied for 12th with scores of 76. Williams was playing as part of the main team and Cangero was a member of the "B" team.
In addition to the 71 by Gartrell and 76 by Williams, the Moccasins also counted a 77 from fifth-year senior Shannon McKew and an 80 from sophomore Madison Wetzel. Freshman Marisa Boccabella had an 89 as the Mocs' fifth golfer. That gave Florida Southern a team score of 304, putting them seven shots behind host Daytona State and Seminole State of Florida. Florida Tech was in third place with a 302, just five shots off the pace and only two ahead of Florida Southern.
Holding the two spots behind the main squad from Florida Southern were Florida Atlantic (308) and Embry-Riddle (315). The "B" team was in seventh place in the 12-team field with a 316, led by Higgins' 75 and Cangero's 76.
The final round is Sunday at LPGA International.