MIAMI LAKES, FL – Senior Britta Bernth shot an even-par 72 to give Florida Southern its best score of the day and sophomore Amanda Gartrell had a 76 to cap her team-best 22nd place finish overall as the Moccasins finished the Barry Women's Invitational in 11th place.
Bernth had her best round of the year Tuesday at Don Shula's Resort as one of only nine golfers in the field of 92 to hit or break par. After she bogeyed her first two holes, Bernth birdied two of the next four, ended up with three birdies in the round, and was two-under for the final 16 holes. Her scores over the two-day tournament dropped from 79 to 77 to 72, and her tournament scores this spring have fallen from 240 to 236 to 228. She finished in 38th place at Barry and was second among Florida Southern's seven golfers competing, her best position this season.
Overall, the Moccasins' highest finish came from Gartrell who tied for 22nd with a total score of 223. She led the Mocs in each of the first two rounds with a 71 and 76 before shooting a 77 on Tuesday. Gartrell was four-over after her first five holes of the day but birdies on 15 and 17 (after starting on 9) got her moving in the right direction again and she played the final 13 holes even.
Sophomore Tori Higgins and junior Abbey Williams were Florida Southern's third and fourth counters with a 78 and 77 respectively. That score allowed Higgins to finish in a tie for 39th place with an overall score of 229, and Williams was two strokes behind her with a 231 that put her in a tie for 47th. Higgins finished her round by playing the final seven holes at one-under, and Williams had a stretch of 12 holes with 11 pars and only one bogey. Fifth-year senior Shannon McKew shot an 81 on Tuesday and tied for 62nd.
Playing as individuals were sophomore Madison Wetzel and junior Kolby McWilliams. Wetzel had an 80 Tuesday and tied for 47th with an overall score of 231 that put her fourth among the 17 players competing strictly as individuals. McWilliams had her best round of the tournament and season with a 75 that was fourth among those same 17 players in the final round. She tied for 69th with a total score of 239.
Florida Southern's team score in the final round was 303, putting the Moccasins squarely in the middle between their first round (297) and third round (309) scores. They did fall one spot in the final standings though with Florida Tech shooting a 296 and Montevallo a 295 to move ahead of them, and Arkansas Tech turning in a 315 to fall behind them. The Moccasins also gained ground on Flagler, which had led the tournament at the end of round one but finished 10th, three shots ahead of Florida Southern.
Rollins won the tournament with an 871 (+7), putting the Tars 10 shots ahead of host Barry and 15 shots ahead of third-place Lynn. It was the second lowest final score in the tournament's six-year history. Rollins and Barry each got a 69 from one golfer Tuesday, the Tars from Seher Atwal and the Buccaneers from Tilda Larsson, and identical scores from their second and third golfers too, but the Tars picked up two strokes from their number four and had already out-scored the Bucs by 11 shots in round two.
Larsson's 69 though was enough to make her the first Barry player to win the tournament. With a final score of two-under par 214, Larsson climbed nine spots Tuesday to finish two strokes ahead of Jenny Ayala of Lynn, and Pilar Echeverria of Indianapolis. Atwal from Rollins and Charlotte Puts from Barry tied for fourth at one-over par 217.
Florida Southern will play its final tournament of the regular season next Monday and Tuesday (April 3-4) at the Argonaut Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola.