DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Behind a final-round 77 from junior Abbey Williams, and a pair of 78's freshman Amanda Gartrell and sophomore Madison Wetzel, Florida Southern finished the Lady Falcon Invitational in fourth place among the 12 teams competing at LPGA International.
The Moccasins had a final-round 313, and for the second day in a row counted three scores in the 70's. Williams had the best score of the day, but Gartrell was their best golfer in the tournament with a 2-round total of five-over par 149. That put the freshman from Lakeland in a tie for sixth place in the final individual standings. Williams was tied for 10th with a 153, along with two members of the FSC "B" team, freshman Victoria Cangero and sophomore Tori Higgins.
Florida Southern's fourth counter Sunday along with Williams, Gartrell and Wetzel was fifth-year senior Shannon McKew who shot an 80. She finished in 20th place overall with a total score of 157. That was one stroke ahead of Wetzel. Sophomore Marisa Boccabella was tied for 49th with a 171 after she knocked seven strokes off her score from round one with an 82 in round two.
Cangero and Higgins were the top golfers for the Florida Southern "B" team with their dual 153's. Cangero had a 77 on Sunday, equaling the score Williams posted for the main squad, and Higgins had a 78. Senior Britta Bernth (77) and junior Kolby McWilliams (82) were the third and fourth counters for the "B" team, with junior Anna Millet shooting an 85. McWilliams and Millet each tied for 36th with a 166, but a first-round DQ by Bernth did not allow her to place in the individual standings.
Host Daytona State, which won the junior college national championship last spring, won its season-opening tournament with a 2-round total of 589 (297-292). The Falcons finished 14 shots ahead of Florida Tech, 19 ahead of Seminole State, which was the 2016 NJCAA national runner-up, and 26 ahead of Florida Southern.
The Florida Southern "B" team finished sixth in the 12-team field, with Division I Florida Atlantic sitting between them and the Moccasins' top team.
Daytona State was led by individual champion Jiwon Jeon, who followed her opening-round 72 with a 2-under par 70 on Sunday. Her total score of 142 was three strokes ahead of teammate Grace St.-Germain and Florida Tech's Paola Ortiz.
Florida Southern's next tournament will October 10-11 at Nova Southeastern's Guy Harvey Invitational.