ELGIN, S.C. – With freshman Victoria Cangero leading Florida Southern for the second day in a row, and sophomore Tori Higgins right behind her, the Moccasins finished in sixth place at the South Regional Preview Tournament to close out the fall portion of their schedule.
Cangero shot a 77 in Tuesday's final round to finish as Florida Southern's top golfer in the tournament. Her 2-day total of 152 put her in a tie for 15th place. The 152 surpassed her previous best score for the fall, which had been a 153 at the Lady Falcon Invitational and again at last week's GolfRank Invitational. Cangero had nothing worse than a bogey on any of her 36 holes this week and finished as the Mocs' top golfer for the first time this season.
Higgins shot a 79 for the second day in a row and tied for 36th, though junior Abbey Williams and freshman Amanda Gartrell were ahead of her in the final standings, tied for 25th. Williams and Gartrell each had an 80 on Tuesday, though both Moccasin golfers had a strong back nine which they played at one-over. They had 2-day totals of 156, while Higgins had a 158.
Junior Anna Millet had an 82, a deceptive score that saw her have trouble on just one hole, the par-4 No. 1 where she started the final round. After that, Millet's score nearly matched that of Cangero and was even with Higgins. Millet had a total score of 161, which was 52nd.
Florida Tech won the team title in the South Regional Preview, which was being played at The Members Club at Woodcreek in South Carolina. The Panthers had been tied with West Florida going into the final round but out-scored the Argonauts 291-301 Tuesday to win by 10 shots with a nine-over par 585. Rollins was third with a 597 (+21) that put the Tars 12 shots behind the Panthers, and was followed by Nova Southeastern (+23), host school Newberry (+43), and Florida Southern (+46).
The Moccasins were one shot ahead of Lee (TN) and Limestone (SC), which tied for seventh.
There was a 3-way tie for first in the individual standings where Florida Tech's Brittany LaPadula and Guro Rambjoer, and West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro all had scores of one-under par 143. That was three strokes ahead of any other golfer in the field. The tie was broken by each player's score on the 18th hole, which LaPadula won, followed by Rambjoer and Vaccaro. They were joined on the all-tournament team by Jamie Freedman of Nova Southeastern and Lairen Lamm of West Florida.