23 Sep Women’s Golf Opens 2021-22 Campaign at Lady Paladin Invitational
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 2021-22 campaign officially gets underway this Friday morning as the FGCU women’s golf team heads to the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman. The tournament will take place at the Furman University Golf Course with 18-holes played Friday through Sunday.
The field features seven top-100 programs with North Florida leading the pack at No. 43 in the GolfStat.com rankings. FGCU enters the season ranked No. 95, while host Furman is No. 61.
Friday’s first round and Saturday’s second round will both start at 9 AM off holes No. 10 and No. 10. Sunday will feature a 9 AM shotgun start. Live scoring will be provided for all rounds on www.GolfStat.com.
The Eagles will have Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) and Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) at the top of the line-up for the weekend.
Yerxa was named a WGCA All-American Scholar and ASUN All-Academic honoree last spring after posting a 77.32 scoring average through seven tournaments.
Edmonds was selected to the All-ASUN Second Team last spring marking her fourth career league accolade. She tied for 17th at the 2021 ASUN Championship and finished the year with a 75.06 scoring average through six tournaments. Edmonds currently holds the FGCU career scoring record with a 73.88 average through 57 rounds.
Posie Farrelly (Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS) will make her collegiate debut in the No. 3 spot for the Eagles after having an outstanding prep career at George Steinbrenner High School.
Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark/Campus Vejle/Western Texas College) and Emma Grace Messenger (Montgomery, Texas/Legacy Prep Christian Academy) round out the quintet. Bertelsen played in a pair of tournaments last spring finishing with a 76.0 scoring average, while Messenger played in the season-opening one-round dual match against Michigan.
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.
1. Haley Yerxa
2. Laura Edmonds
3. Posie Farrelly
4. Josephine Bertelsen
5. Emma Grace Messenger
#43 North Florida
#69 Costal Carolina
#85 Western Kentucky
#109 James Madison
#121 Georgia Southern
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