21 Oct Yerxa Named ASUN Women’s Golfer of the Week
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After winning the 44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational, FGCU redshirt junior Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) was named the ASUN Women’s Golf of the Week on Thursday afternoon by the league office. Yerxa collected her first career outright win while leading the Eagles to a fourth-place overall finish.
“This was a huge win for Haley and I am so happy for her! She had been so close before the pandemic – tying for first and losing in a playoff,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “It was so exciting to see her come out with the win this time. She has a tremendous passion for the game and works so hard; it is wonderful to see her reap the benefits of her efforts.”
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 on Sunday.
She finished the tournament with 12 birdies which were tied as the second-most for any player in the field. Over the three days she had just eight bogeys through the 54 holes. Her final score of 212 for the tournament was the second lowest of her career.
This season, Yerxa currently ranks second on the team with a 73.78 stroke average having played nine rounds over three tournaments. Including Monday, she now has a pair of top-10 finishes on the year with a ninth-place showing at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational.
For her career, she has played 37 rounds over 13 tournaments with a 76.0 scoring average.
The Eagles concluded the fall portion of their schedule on Monday and will be off until opening the spring slate on Feb. 7-8 at the FAU Paradise Invitational in Boca Raton.
Along with Yerxa’s honor, Laura Edmonds also earned ASUN Golfer of the Week accolades on Oct. 7 after finishing second at the Jupiter Invitational.
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