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Moccasins Wrap up the Fall with Ninth-Place Finish at Rollins Legends Invitational

Amanda Gartrell (photo courtesy of Mike Watters & Rollins College)
Amanda Gartrell (photo courtesy of Mike Watters & Rollins College)

ORLANDO – Junior Amanda Gartrell turned in the Moccasins' best round of the day, while Loren Perez maintained her position as the team's top golfer in the tournament as No. 6 Florida Southern wrapped up the fall with a ninth-place finish at the Rollins Legends Invitational.

Perez, who was no lower than 17th in any of the Mocs' five fall tournaments, had a final-round 79 following scores of 75 and 73 on Monday, and that was enough to tie for 15th with a total score of 227 (+11). She got off to a tough start Tuesday at +4 through six holes, but finished strong by playing the final six at even-par. Gartrell followed a similar path and was five-over through five, but with three birdies on her last five holes, recovered to shoot her team-leading 76. She was two-under over the second half of play on Tuesday to finish with a 230 overall (+14) that tied her for 27th place.

In between Perez and Gartrell was senior Tori Higgins with a 229 (+13). Higgins shot a 77 in the final round, and was another Moccasin who overcame a slow start in the final round. Sitting at four-over after five holes, Higgins was one-over the rest of the way to finish in a tie for 23rd.

Freshman Nathalie Svensson and sophomore Shelby Lewis tied for 60th with final scores of 243. Svensson was the Moccasins' fourth counter Tuesday with a 79, and Lewis had an 85.

As a team, the Moccasins went from sixth to ninth in the final round, with two of the teams they passed in Monday's second round, moving back ahead of them Tuesday. The fourth through ninth-place teams in the standings all finished within seven shots of each other, but there was a 13-shot gap between Florida Southern and 10th-place St. Edward's, and 13 more shots between St. Edward's and Flagler.

No. 2 Dallas Baptist led from start to finish with rounds of 293, 286, and 298 that were all either the best, or tied for the best, in each round. The Patriots finished at +13, giving them a seven-shot victory over No. 3 Nova Southeastern, and a 21-shot win over No. 10 Rollins, which finished third.

The individual champion was Ann Parmerter of Dallas Baptist, who finished three strokes ahead of Wingate's Warissara Puangcharoen and Barry individual Lauren Grinberg. Parmerter had rounds of 74, 68, and 71 to finish with a three-under-par 213.

Florida Southern returns to action February 3-4 at the World Golf Invitational hosted by Flagler College.