SAINT LEO - One day after equaling their best score of the season to date, the Florida Southern Moccasins ended the fall portion of their schedule by topping it in the final round of the Saint Leo Invitational. Led by a one-under par 71 from Emily Rymer, Florida Southern had a team total of 308, and finished in sixth place in the 17-team event.
The Moccasins put together a 309 on Monday and bettered that on Tuesday as Rymer shaved five shots off her own score to finish in third place among the 96 players competing. The senior from Orlando had the second-best score of the day with her 71, while Barryâs Francesca Perini fired a three-under par 69 to catch first-round leader Felicia Leftinger of Florida Tech. Both had scores of 142 for the tournament, though Leftinger won medalist honors on the third playoff hole. Rymer ended up in a three-way tie for third at 147.
Rymer played a nearly bogey-free round, with her only one coming on the par-four No. 6. She got back to even par two holes later when she birdied No. 8, and picked up another birdie on No. 11 before cruising to the finish with seven straight pars. It was Rymerâs best round of the season in Florida Southern's four fall tournaments, and it was her fifth under-par round since last spring.
Freshman Abbey Williams (Marietta, Ga.) followed with her second straight 76, finishing in a tie for 21st place with a 2-day total of 152. The Moccasins also got scores of 80 from sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.) and 81 from junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) for their final two counters, and an 83 from junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.) was the top Florida Southern golfer playing as an individual, shooting a 166 (82-84) for the tournament, but freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) was their top individual on Tuesday with an 82, knocking nine shots off her score from Monday. Junior Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) also competed as an individual for the Moccasins, and had a 2-day total of 186.
Florida Tech won the team title with a 589 (292-297), which gave the Panthers a 9-stroke victory over Flagler, and an 11-stroke margin over third-place Lynn. Barry was 19 strokes behind Florida Tech, host Saint Leo was 27 back and in fifth place, with Florida Southern just one stroke behind the Lions in sixth.
Florida Southern will now break for the winter before returning to competition in February.