18 Oct Haley Yerxa Wins 44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) earned her first career outright win on Monday afternoon as she took medalist honors at the 44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational to lead the FGCU women’s golf team. Just behind her, Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) tied for second as the Eagles took fourth overall as a team.
“What a great way to end the fall season with Haley winning and Laura finishing tied for second. I’m so proud of both of them and the effort they put in daily,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “As a team, we had a very solid tournament and beat some good teams. I am very happy with our performance and I’m looking forward to the spring season already.”
Yerxa shot a 73 on Monday as part of her 54-hole total of 212 to take the individual title. As a redshirt freshman, Yerxa tied for first at the Amelia Island Collegiate where she shot 211 for the three rounds. At the Pat Bradley, she shot an opening round 69 before carding a 70 yesterday. She finished the tournament with 12 birdies which were tied as the second-most for any player in the field.
“Haley has worked so hard in her time here and she has been close to winning outright,” said Trew. “I could not be happier to see her come away with a win today as a reward for putting in the time and effort daily.”
Edmonds, who entered the third round tied with Yerxa after Sunday’s second round, finished in a three-way tie for second as she carded a 74 on Monday. For the three days, she scored 213 highlighted by a 65 on Saturday followed by a second round 74. Edmonds led the tournament field with 13 birdies.
Anouk Casty (Basserdrof, Switzerland/Academia) tied for 27th with a 224 after Monday’s score of 73 in the third round. Sophia Warren (Lakewood Ranch, Fla./Seminole State College) was just three strokes behind to tie for 36th (227). Posie Farrelly (Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS) tied for 51st after posting a three-round total of 231. Playing as an individual, Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark/Campus Vejle/Western Texas College) placed 77th overall.
Yerxa posted three birdies on Monday which helped mitigate four bogeys. Edmonds added two birdies and had just three holes over par. Casty had the most birdies on the day with four, but had a double on No. 2 which put her one over for the day.
Boston College won the team title overall with a three-round score of 867 with FIU just two strokes behind for second. James Madison placed third after scoring 870 to finish six strokes ahead of FGCU (876). The Eagles’ 296 in the third round was the second lowest score for the day alongside Boston College.
The last time the Eagles played in the Pat Bradley, FGCU finished 3rd among 17 teams in 2019-20. Prior to last year’s shortened season, FGCU had competed in the event 14 consecutive seasons.
1. – Haley Yerxa – 69-70-73 – 212
T2. – Laura Edmonds – 65-74-74 – 213
T27. – Anouk Casty – 72-79-73 – 224
T36. – Sophia Warren – 76-75-76 – 227
T51. – Posie Farrelly – 76-79-76 – 231
78 – Josephine Bertelsen (Individual) – 79-91-85 – 255
44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational Field:
1. – #106 Boston College – 286-285-296 – 867
2. – #146 FIU – 285-284-300 – 869
3. – #107 James Madison – 287-292-291 – 870
4. – #136 FGCU – 282-298-296 – 876
T5. – #101 FAU – 295-299-282 – 878
T5. – #87 Minnesota – 286-295-303 – 884
7. – #132 Stetson – 286-305-290 – 885
8. – #129 Jacksonville – 293-303-297 – 893
9. – #140 Northern Illinois – 291-299-315 – 905
10. – #134 Western Kentucky – 303-304-300 – 907
11. – #171 Eastern Michigan – 295-306-308 – 909
12. – #176 UTEP – 305-299-309 – 913
13. – #145 Georgia State – 294-318-305 – 917
14. – #193 UT Rio Grande Valley – 297-304-321 – 922
15. – Daytona State – 310-317-320 – 947
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