MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern's Tori Higgins has claimed the first Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Player-of-the-Week Award announced by the league office on Monday, September 18. The junior from Dover, Florida led the Moccasins to a second-place finish at last weekend's Lady Falcon Invitational in Daytona Beach by finishing as the individual runner-up in the nine-team tournament. The weekly honor is the first for Higgins in her three seasons with the Moccasins.
Higgins had rounds of 73 and 74 for a total score of three-over par 147. It was the best two-round tournament score of her career, and put her second overall, two strokes behind the winner, Jiwon Jeon of Daytona State. Higgins was only one stroke ahead of third-place Grace St.-Germain, also of Daytona State, and three strokes in front of the closest competition from any of the other Sunshine State Conference schools.
The top-five finish was the second of Higgins' career, with her first coming at last year's GolfRank Invitational, which she won in a playoff. She now has the two best finishes for any Moccasin golfer over the last two seasons.
Led by Higgins' 147, Florida Southern finished second as a team with a total score of 607, putting the Moccasins only one shot behind host Daytona State in the tournament played at LPGA International. It was the best season-opening performance by the Moccasins since they won the Lady Falcon Invitational in 2011 with a 608.