SAINT LEO, FL – With the Moccasins playing strictly as individuals this week, sophomore Amanda Gartrell shot a one-under par 71, and sophomore Victoria Cangero had a 75 to lead the way for Florida Southern at Saint Leo Women's Golf Invitational on Monday.
The Moccasins got off to a strong start as Gartrell, Cangero, Shelby Lewis, Kolby McWilliams and Anna Millet all parred their first three holes while starting play on No. 11. Gartrell then birdied her fourth hole of the day, the par-5 No. 15, and after two bogeys, got back to under-par with birdies on 6 and 7. She then closed out the round by parring the final three holes for her best round of the season. It was the fourth 71 of her career to go along with one 70.
Cangero turned in a 75 that matched her best round of the season. She parred the first nine holes Monday before a bogey on the par-3 No. 2 ended that streak, which tied for the longest of the day for the Moccasins. She ended up with a par or birdie on 14 of 18 holes, second only to Gartrell's 16.
Freshman Ashley Zagers was only one stroke behind Cangero with a 76. She was five-over halfway through her round, then even for the second half. Zagers ended the day the same way Cangero started it by picking up eight pars and one birdie during her final nine holes.
Lewis finished with a 77, and McWilliams was looking at a similar score before going four-over on her final two holes to finish with an 82. Millet shot an 84, also somewhat deceptive due to a 2-hole sequence in the middle that saw her at +7.
Barry's Tilda Larsson leads the field of 65 golfers with a six-under par 66 that included seven birdies, and Nova Southeastern's Michelle Ruiz is second at five-under par 67 with five birdies and 13 pars. Gartrell is part of a 5-way tie for third at one-under par 71.
Cangero is tied for 20th, Zagers is tied for 25th, Lewis is tied for 30th, McWilliams is tied for 49th, and Millet is tied for 53rd.
Led by Ruiz, Nova Southeastern is at the top of the team standings with a 286 (-2), putting the Sharks five shots ahead of three teams that are tied for second. Tampa, Saint Leo and Florida Tech all had scores of 295 on Monday, and Flagler turned in a 299 to end the day in fifth place, the same score the top four Florida Southern individuals had.
The tournament concludes Tuesday morning at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club at 9 a.m.