SAINT LEO, Fla. – With all four of their counters shooting 77 or better, and another 76 from individual golfer Marisa Boccabella, Florida Southern had a second-round 302 and moved up in the team standings to finish the Saint Leo Women's Invitational in ninth place.
Florida Southern's best score for the day was turned in by freshman Amanda Gartrell, who shot a two-over par 74, and another freshman, Victoria Cangero was just one stroke behind her with a 75. Sophomore Tori Higgins had a 76, and junior Abbey Williams had a 77. That was enough to move the Moccasins ahead of Mount Olive (NC) into ninth place, and at one point the Mocs were up to eighth before slipping two shots behind Shorter (GA).
Gartrell started her round on No. 11 and birdied three of her first eight holes, and four holes overall to improve on her opening-round score by five strokes. Cangero also started on 11 and after two bogeys on her first four holes, she played the remainder of the round at one-over for her best round of the season and an 8-stroke improvement over Monday. Higgins had a similar stretch to Cangero with two bogeys on her first four holes before playing at two-over the rest of the day with 12 pars over the final 14.
Though Williams was Florida Southern's fourth counter on Tuesday she was tied with Boccabella for their best overall score of the tournament. They were tied for 29th with a pair of 152's, just one stroke ahead of Gartrell who was tied for 33rd with a 153.
Higgins moved up eight places in the standings Tuesday to finish in a tie for 40th place at 156, and Cangero jumped 19 spots to finish tied for 49th with a 158. Junior Anna Millet, who was playing as an individual, also had a 158. Fifth-year senior Shannon McKew and sophomore Madison Wetzel, another of the Mocs' three individuals, each had a 164.
Saint Leo, which hosted the tournament at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, won the tournament with a 5-under par 571, giving the Lions a 15-shot win over second-place Lynn. Florida Tech was 17 shots behind Saint Leo in third place, Barry was 18 shots behind and in fourth place, and West Georgia and Flagler tied for fifth, 19 shots behind the winning team.
Saint Leo also had the tournament medalist, with Vilde Eriksen winning the title in a one-hole playoff with Brittany LaPadula of Florida Tech. Both golfers had a six-under par 138 for the tournament, with Eriksen moving up eighth place to force the playoff with a second-round score of 66. They finished just one stroke ahead of Lynn's Krissy Ortiz.
Florida Southern's next tournament will be Monday and Tuesday, October 24-25 at the GolfRank Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern in Palm Beach Gardens. That tournament was originally scheduled for October 10-11 but was postponed following Hurricane Matthew.