SAINT LEO - With four scores in the 70's, led by a 76 from both Abbey Williams and Emily Rymer, Florida Southern equaled its best round of the fall Monday at the Saint Leo Invitational with a 309. That score was good for fifth place at the end of day one in a field of 17 teams.
Williamsâ 76 included three birdies, with two of them coming on the back nine which the freshman from Marietta, Georgia played at one-under par. Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) had a pair of birdies in her round, giving the senior six rounds of 76 or better this year, and both players had birdies on the par-3, No. 12. Junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.) wasnât far behind them either with a 78, and junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) shot a 79. That allowed the Moccasins to match the 309 they shot in the second round of the Lady Falcon Invitational on September 21.
That score put Florida Southern 17 shots behind first-round leader Florida Tech, which counted scores of 70, 73, 74, and 75 for a 292, with Flagler in second place, six shots behind the Panthers with a 298. Lynn had a 304, and Barry had a 307 for the two spots immediately in front of Florida Southern, putting them within easy reach of the Moccasins in the final round.
While Williams and Rymer were tied for 17th on the player leaderboard, the scores of Creighton and Panosian, who were tied for 30th and 34th respectively, were equally important in keeping the Mocs ahead of several other schools. Their combined score of 157 was at least seven strokes better than the #3 and #4 counters for any of the 12 teams behind them, and only Florida Tech and Flagler had a better combined score from its #3 and #4 for any team in the tournament.
Holding Florida Southernâs fifth position on Monday was sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.), who shot an 85, while redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.), who was playing as an individual shot an 82. Freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) each shot a 91.
Florida Techâs Felicia Leftinger is the tournament leader with a two-under par 70, giving her a 1-stroke lead over Else Westin of Northwood (FL). Montevalloâs Elaine Wood is the only other golfer in the field to reach par with a 72, and six golfers finished the day at one-over.
The final round begins Tuesday morning at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club at 8:30.