DAYTONA BEACH - The Florida Southern women's golf team sits in fourth place after one round of play here Saturday at the Lady Falcon Invitational held at the LPGA International Golf Club.
As a team, the Mocs have a combined score of 315, 16 strokes behind first round leader Florida Tech (299) and only six strokes behind Daytona State and Seminole State, who sit in a tie for second at 306 after the first 18 holes.
The team is already showing signs of improving in only their second tournament of the season. The round total of 315 is also one-stroke better than the three rounds the Mocs played in their first tournament, the Ross Resorts Invitational, that was held on Sept. 15 and 16.
Senior All-American Emily Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) leads the Mocs with a first-round total of 76. After hitting 42 on the first nine holes, she recovered to score 34 on the back nine, the lowest score on the back nine among all the golfers in the tournament. Rymer is tied for fifth place with Seminole Stateâs Cynthia Bounleutay and Sydney Legacy.
Abbey Williams (Marietta, Ga.), who became one of only five FSC freshmen to place in the Top 10 in her first collegiate tournament in last week's Ross Resorts Invitational at Southern Pines, finished 7-up for the round. She is tied for 13th place with three other golfers at 79.
Junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.), sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.) and redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) are tied for 17th, one-stroke behind Williams as all three players fired 80's in the opening round.
Four Moccasin golfers are playing as individuals. Juniors Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) and Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) and redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.) are tied for 31st place after hitting 86 in the first round. Freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) sits in 42nd place with a 92 in the first round.
The Mocs will conclude play in the tournament by playing another 18 holes on Sunday, Sept. 21 beginning at 8:45 a.m.