KEY BISCAYNE – Barry and Rollins started the second round of the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Championships tied for fifth, and when the day ended, the Buccaneers were first and the Tars were tied for second. Florida Tech and Florida Southern started the second round first and second, but when the day ended, the Panthers had fallen all the way to seventh, and the Moccasins were sixth. After the shakeup, Barry will now take a 3-shot lead over both Rollins and Saint Leo into Tuesday's final round while Florida Southern is packed into the middle with Nova Southeastern, Lynn and Florida Tech.
The race was so tight when the second round began that five different teams had the lead or a share of the lead throughout the day, including Florida Southern. When play wrapped up late Monday afternoon, Barry was standing at the top of the standings after turning in a team score of 307, which was 11 shots better than the Buccaneers posted on Sunday. The defending SSC champions, who were among the second wave Monday morning, still had to sweat out the last few holes being played by Saint Leo before they could officially be declared the second-round leaders.
Saint Leo matched its score from Sunday's first round with another 314, while Rollins improved from a 318 to 310. That put the Lions and Tars three shots behind the Buccaneers, with Nova Southeastern trailing by 11 in fourth place. Lynn, which had a 20-shot improvement from Sunday with a second-round score of 311, is now in fifth place, trailing Barry by 17 shots. Florida Southern is in sixth place facing a 19-shot deficit, and Florida Tech is seventh, 22 shots behind the front-running Buccaneers. Tampa and Eckerd remained eighth and ninth.
The Moccasins, who had a team score of 330, were still ahead of Lynn when the Knights finished their round, but fell behind them later in the day. Florida Tech, however, dropped behind both Florida Southern and Lynn with a second-round 336. The Panthers, who are ranked #2 in the country behind only Rollins and one spot ahead of Barry, had to count individual scores of 81 and 83, with their other three golfers all carding an 86. The Panthers were 35-over on the back nine after going 13-over on the front.
For Florida Southern, the results were exactly the opposite. Their four counters were at +28 on the front nine and +14 on the back where none of those four golfers had worse than a bogey. Their back-nine score was better than either Rollins or Nova Southeastern posted, within two shots of Saint Leo and three of Lynn.
The Moccasins' best golfer of the day was senior Kit Creighton, who carded a 79, but their best golfer on the back nine was fellow senior Colleen Panosian, who was plus-two over that stretch. Creighton never had worse than a bogey in her entire round, and if not for problems on 7 and 8, Panosian would have posted the Mocs' best score. Panosian, who had an 81, was six-over for those two holes, but was three-over for her other 16 holes, including +1 for the final 10. Their scores allowed Florida Southern to finish ahead of Florida Tech by three shots at the end of the round.
The Moccasins also counted 85's from sophomore Abbey Williams and junior Britta Bernth, while redshirt junior Shannon McKew shot an 86. Both Williams and Bernth turned things up in the second half of their round. Bernth was even over her final four holes, and had her round marred by a rough stretch from 5 through 8. Williams had two bad holes early in her round before settling down in the afternoon.
Creighton's 79 allowed her to catch Williams for the overall team lead in the individual standings with both golfers now tied for 17th. They have 2-round totals of 161, followed by Bernth in a tie for 23rd place at 162, McKew in a tie for 29th place at 165, and Panosian in a tie for 32nd place at 167.
The individual leader is Annie Dulman of Rollins with a 151 (+7). Dulman moved up from seventh place Monday with her one-over par 73 that is the best round of the tournament so far. She's one of only six golfers in the field of 45 who have shot in the 70's in each of the first two rounds. Two others are Marie Coors and Vilde Eriksen from Saint Leo, who are second and third respectively. Coors, who was the SSC medalist two years ago, is only one stroke behind Dulman with a 152, and Eriksen is three strokes off the pace with a 154. Two Barry golfers are tied for fourth place with scores of 155. Defending individual champion Nicole Ferre of Barry is tied for 11th with a 159.
The final round at Crandon Park begins Tuesday morning at 8:30 with all nine teams starting on hole 10. Florida Southern will play in the middle wave with Lynn and Nova Southeastern. The Moccasins' first golfer will be Panosian at 9:15, followed every nine minutes thereafter by McKew, Bernth, Williams and Creighton.