Women’s Golf Closes Out Lady Paladin Invitational with Strong Final Round

Women’s Golf Closes Out Lady Paladin Invitational with Strong Final Round

GREENVILLE, S.C. – With a weekend-best round of 293 to close out the Lady Paladin Invitational, the FGCU women’s golf team finished the tournament with an 11th-place finish. The round was seven strokes better than the Eagles second round as the Green and Blue finished the event with a 54-hole score of 908 overall.
Host Furman won the overall team title with a three-round score of 841 at the Furman University Golf Club. North Florida tied with Augusta for second (873), while Coastal Carolina (874) placed fourth.
“I’m so proud of this team and their improvement over the course of the tournament this weekend. We had a bumpy first round, but bounced back so well the last two days,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “I could not be happier about the way we finished. Laura’s top-20 finish is a very solid start to her year. This is a strong field and it was nice to see her have a good showing. We have a quick turnaround before the next event so we will clean up a few things before then.”
Overall, Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) tied for 17th with a three-round score of 219 highlighted by yesterday’s second-round score of 69. Posie Farrelly (Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS) and Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark/Campus Vejle/Western Texas College) each tied for 49th overall (231), while Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) tied for 55th (233). Emma Grace Messenger (Montgomery, Texas/Legacy Prep Christian Academy) placed 62nd (237).
In Sunday’s third round, Yerxa posted her best score of the weekend finishing with a one-under 71 on Sunday. Edmonds was just behind with a one over 73, while Messenger also posted her best round of the tournament with a 74. Bertelsen was the final counting score of the day at 75, while Farrelly finished with a 77.
Yerxa, whose round started on No. 14, carded a pair of birdies on No. 5 and No. 7 to go one under. After a double on No. 10 put her one over, she posted back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and No. 13 to finish the round strong.
Edmonds carded six straight even holes after starting on No. 11. Birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 put her back to even before she bogeyed her final hole on No. 10.
Messenger had just three bogeys on the day and tallied a birdie on No. 5 to cut her scored down eight strokes from Saturday’s second round. Likewise, Bertelsen showed continued improvement with her best round of the weekend cutting a pair of strokes off her Saturday performance highlighted by three birdies on the day.
Farrelly had a strong stretch of 10 holes where she played one under, but ran into trouble on No. 6 and No. 12 with double bogeys.
The Eagles will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, October 4-5, at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational hosted by FAU in Jupiter, Fla.
FGCU Lineup:
T17 – Laura Edmonds – 77-69-73 – 219
T49 – Posie Farrelly – 78-76-77 – 231
T49 – Josephine Bertelsen – 79-77-75 – 231
T55 – Haley Yerxa – 84-78-71 – 233
62 – Emma Grace Messenger – 81-82-74 – 237
Participating Teams: 
1 – #61 Furman – 280-277-284 – 841
T2 – #43 North Florida – 296-286-291 – 873
T2 – #75 Augusta – 295-292-286 – 873
4 – #69 Coastal Carolina – 292-290-292 – 874
5 – #109 James Madison – 295-298-286 – 879
T6 – #121 Georgia Southern – 295-290-299 – 884
T6 – #85 Western Kentucky – 298-294-292 –884
8 – #107 UNCW – 301-293-297 – 891
9 – #122 Stetson – 296-305-296 – 897
10 – #98 Memphis – 302-295-302 – 899
11#95 FGCU – 315-300-293 – 908
12 – #155 Wofford – 309-301-304 – 914
13 – Daytona State – 313-311-315 – 939
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