Moccasins Hold Position for Third-Place Finish at Argonaut Invitational with Gartrell, Higgins & Zagers all Top-10

Amanda Gartrell
Amanda Gartrell

NAVARRE, FL – Amanda Gartrell started the day as the only Moccasin in the individual top-10 at the Argonaut Invitational, but by the end of it, so were Tori Higgins and Ashley Zagers. Shelby Lewis and Abbey Williams also shot in the 70s Tuesday, and the Moccasins' team score of 302 allowed Florida Southern to hold position in third place in its final tournament of the regular season.

Tuesday marked the second time in the tournament all five Florida Southern golfers were in the 70s, and the Moccasins were the only team to accomplish that in round three. They counted only one score worse than a 77 during the entire tournament, a feat matched by only 5th-ranked Barry, which won the Argonaut Invitational by seven shots over No. 7 Flagler. The Buccaneers had a total score of +29, Flagler finished at +36, and 6th-ranked Florida Southern was at +44. That put the Moccasins 10 shots ahead of fourth-place and 17th-ranked Lee, and 16 ahead of fifth-place Missouri-St. Louis.

Gartrell's final-round score 76 gave her a 226 (+10) overall, which was good for eighth place and her eighth tournament top-10 finish of the season. It was not the Mocs' best score of the day though. That belonged to Zagers who shot a two-over-par 74 that was also the fifth-best score for any golfer in the field Tuesday. She tied with Higgins for ninth with a 227 (+11) overall, giving Zagers her fourth top-10 finish of the season, and Higgins her fifth. Zagers led the tournament field in par-3 scoring, and Higgins tied for the lead on the par-5s.

Lewis turned in a 77 Tuesday and joined Gartrell and Zagers by scoring in the 70s for all three rounds. Tying for 12th place with a 229 (+13), Lewis had her best tournament finish since the season opener at Daytona State in September and has put together 10 consecutive rounds in the 70s that is the longest current streak on the team. Williams had a 78 in round three, and a 235 overall to tie for 23rd. That matched Flagler's Lara Ardler for the best finish by any team's fifth golfer, and it was the best for a Moccasin number five in five tournaments this spring. Williams also tied Higgins for the team lead with seven birdies in the tournament.

Barry's Tilda Larsson won the Argonaut Invitational by four strokes over West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro with a two-under-par 214. Their positions were reversed going into the final round, with Vaccaro one shot ahead of Larsson. The Buccaneers' top golfer came back from an opening round 76 with rounds of 67 and 71 to post her third individual win of the year.

Barry ended up with three of the top seven golfers in the tournament and had team rounds of 302, 294, and 297 for its third title of the season.

Florida Southern's next tournament is the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championships at Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton where Lynn University will serve as host, April 15-17.