25 Sep Women’s Golf Improves 15 Strokes, Moves Up Lady Paladin Leaderboard
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a tough first day, the FGCU women’s golf team cut down on its miscues in Saturday’s second round action of the Lady Paladin Invitational to shoot 300 and move up into 12th overall. The Eagles cut 15 strokes off Friday’s performance highlighted by Laura Edmonds’ (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) three-under performance which moved her up into a tie for 15th individually.
The performance was the ninth-best total of the second round. Host Furman continues to lead the field with a 36-hold total of 557 after shooting 277 on Saturday. North Florida moved into a tie for second alongside Coastal Carolina as both sit on 582 scores. FGCU’s score of 615 through two rounds moved the Eagles into 12th, ahead of Daytona State, and just five strokes behind Wofford.
“I’m really proud of the way we rebounded today. Every team is going to have bad rounds but it is how you react that counts,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “I was very pleased with the way we handled ourselves and, overall, eliminated most of the big numbers. Laura had a fantastic round today and gave us a big boost for our team score. Tomorrow we are going to look to improve more and finish up the tournament strong.”
Edmonds had a phenomenal day carding a 69 in a nearly error-free day. She had just one bogey and tallied four birdies. Posie Farrelly (Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS), playing in her first collegiate tournament, continued her steady play with a 76, two down from yesterday, to move up to 44th individually. Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark/Campus Vejle/Western Texas College) moved into a tie for 50th after shooting 77, while Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) improved six strokes for a 78 on Saturday which moved her into a tie for 67th. Emma Grace Messenger (Montgomery, Texas/Legacy Prep Christian Academy) shot 82 to sit in 70th individually.
Overall, the Eagles tallied nine birdies, but more importantly, had just one double and triple on the day – in the first round, FGCU had six doubles and two triples while still posting nine birdies.
The performance for Edmonds was an eight-stroke improvement from Friday. After starting on hole No. 10, she had her only bogey of the day on No. 15 while tallying two birdies in her first nine. She added a birdies on No. 2 and No. 5 which put her three-under before finishing the round with four straight pars.
Farrelly was plus three on her first nine holes, but had just two bogeys on the front side of the course before carding a birdie to finish the day four over par.
Bertelsen and Yerxa also saw their best play on the front side as Bertelsen had a birdie and two bogeys and Yerxa was par on seven of the nine holes.
Sunday’s round three finale will begin at 9 AM with a shotgun start at the Furman University Golf Course.
Following the Lady Paladin Invitational, 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.
T15 – Laura Edmonds – 77-69 – 146
44 – Posie Farrelly – 78-76 – 154
T50 – Josephine Bertelsen – 79-77 – 156
T67 – Haley Yerxa – 84-78 – 162
70 – Emma Grace Messenger – 81-82 – 163
1 – #61 Furman – 280-277 – 557
T2 – #43 North Florida – 296-286 – 582
T2 – #69 Coastal Carolina – 292-290 – 582
4 – #121 Georgia Southern – 295-290 – 585
5 – #75 Augusta – 295-292 – 587
6 – #85 Western Kentucky – 298-294 –592
7 – #109 James Madison – 295-298 – 593
8 – #107 UNCW – 301-293 – 594
9 – #98 Memphis – 302-295 – 597
10 – #122 Stetson – 296-305 – 601
11 – #155 Wofford – 309-301 – 610
12 – #95 FGCU – 315-300 – 615
13 – Daytona State – 313-311 – 624
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