WINDERMERE, FL – Loren Perez started her day at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational with a team-best 74 and matched that with another 74 in the afternoon, while Madi Wetzel had a pair of 75s to help put No. 12 Florida Southern in a tie for sixth place with one round remaining in the tournament.
Halfway through the day at the end of round one, Florida Southern was in seventh place with a 304 (+16) and near the top of large group of teams clustered together in the middle of the standings. The Moccasins' 299 in round two kept them among that group while some others fell back and left the Moccasins at +27 for the day. That was tied with West Florida for sixth place and only two shots behind fifth-place No. 21 Tampa.
No. 10 Lynn held the lead at +4, posting scores of 293 (+5) and 287 (-1) to open up a nine-shot lead over No. 16 Saint Leo, and a 10-shot lead over No. 15 Florida Tech. No. 11 Limestone was fourth at +16, but there was a nine-shot gap between the Saints and fifth-place Tampa Spartans.
Perez started on No. 4 in both rounds, and halfway through her first round was at +1. A birdie on 13 got her even again, and the only time she had a score worse than +1 was after a bogey on her final hole of the round. In round two, Perez started with bogeys on three of her first four holes, but after five straight pars, birdied 13 for the second time on the day and added another birdie on 14. This time she birdied the last hole of the round to again shoot a 74 as the Mocs' top golfer in both rounds. That had her tied for 13th overall.
Wetzel started on No 6 and was one-under through her first 11 holes of the day. She ended up bogeying three of her final four holes in the round, but re-grouped early in round two. Birdies on 7, 12, and 16 had her at -2 in that round, but a tough stretch of holes at the end gave her another 75, and a 150 (+6) overall, which was still tied for 20th.
Amanda Gartrell followed her morning round of 79, with a team-best 73 in the afternoon. Four-over through the first 10 holes of that round, Gartrell knocked down three straight birdies on 16, 17, and 18 before ending the day with three straight pars and a total score of 152 (+8) that has her tied for 32nd.
Shelby Lewis had scores of 76 and 77 and was tied for 36th with a total score of 153 (+9). She parred 15 of 18 holes in the first round, and parred or birdied 14 of 18 in the second. Ashley Zagers had a non-counting 81 in the first round and matched Lewis with a 77 in the second. That has her tied for 52nd overall with a 158 (+14).
Playing as individuals were Nathalie Svensson and Hanna Rizzolo, who are tied for 56th and 80th respectively. Svensson has a 159 after rounds of 76 and 83, and Rizzolo had a 167 after rounds of 83 and 84.
Holding the lead among all golfers is Pilar Martinez of Limestone at -4 (69-71 = 140), with Lynn's Helen Kreuzer and Krissy Ortiz right behind her at -3 and -2 respectively. Tampa's Kiira Riihijarvi is in fourth place at -1, and three golfers are tied for fifth at even-par 144.
The final round at The Golden Bear Club at Keen's Pointe has an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.