Williams Off to Strong Start; Moccasins Eighth After Two Rounds of Ross Resorts Invitational

Williams Off to Strong Start; Moccasins Eighth After Two Rounds of Ross Resorts Invitational

SOUTHERN PINES, NC - Playing in the first tournament of her college career, Abbey Williams got off to a strong start with rounds of 77 and 72, while Florida Southern finished the day in eighth place in the team standings at the Ross Resorts Invitational. The tournament hosted by Rollins College is the first of the 2014-15 season.

Williams, a freshman from Marietta, Georgia who is playing as an individual, was at five-over par 149 after the second round, putting her four strokes behind the leader, Liliana Cammisa from Nova southeastern, and just one shot behind second-place Madison Lellyo of Rollins. Cammisa's opening round score of 71 in the morning was the only under-par round of the day and allowed her to open up an early 2-stroke lead over Martina Bertuccioli of Barry, but Williams worked her way up the board in the afternoon with one of three 72's in round two.

With Williams' score not counting toward the team total, Florida Southern had a score of 336 in round one, and 323 in round two. Senior Emily Rymer (Orlando, Fla.) was the leader for the Moccasins in each round with a 79 and 78. That gave her a total score of 157, which was good for 14th place. Redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) were tied for 35th place with scores of 168, and freshman Kolby McWilliams (Tallahassee, Fla.) was in 40th place with a 172. Junior Kit Creighton (Buffalo, N.Y.), who was also playing as a member of the team, was a DQ in the first round before shooting an 82 in the second.

In addition to Williams, three other Moccasins were playing as individuals. Sophomore Britta Bernth (Greenville, Mich.) was part of the 3-way tie for 35th place with Marlatt and Panosian with her 168; and redshirt sophomore Shannon McKew (Cockeysville, Md.) and junior Emily Tofaute (Louisville, Ky.) were tied for 43rd with scores of 182.

In the team standings, Barry had identical scores of 304 to take a 5-stroke lead over Nova Southeastern, which had a 305 in round one and a 308 in round two. Rollins is in third place, trailing the Buccaneers by 12 strokes, though the Tars had a better second round (306) than Nova.

The final round at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club begins Tuesday morning at 8:30.