ORANGE PARK, Fla. – With a team score of 312 in the final round of action at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational, the FGCU women’s golf team finished in eighth place among a field of 16 teams. The Eagles produced a total score of 913 to finish 21 strokes behind tournament champion, Elon and just 10 strokes out of the top five.
“Today was a rough day out there,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “The wind was gusting all day and it was difficult to judge what it was doing. We definitely gave away some shots and we need to work on knocks downs before our next event but I am proud of the way we finished. At one point we dropped to ninth but we made some birdies coming in to finish strong and move up a spot.”
The final round saw the Eagles add 12 strokes to their second round score of 300 to fall two places in the overall standings. FGCU finished ahead of host James Madison, while also finishing better than Atlantic Sun foe Stetson.
Individually, senior Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School) produced a score of 75 in the final round to lead the Eagles. Carlson jumped eight spots in the individual standings and finished 20th with an overall card of 225.
Carlson’s final round featured three bogeys on the front nine before she birdied 10 to remain at 2-over through 13 holes. She carded bogeys on 14 and 15 but finished the round with a birdie on 18 to round out the tournament with a team-best score of 75.
Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School) also tied for 20th after producing a 79 in her final round. Price bogeyed three of her first four holes before birdying the fifth hole and adding two more bogeys on the front nine. She added one stroke through 14 holes but double-bogeyed 15 to move to +7 on the day. Price previously produced scores of 73 in the first two rounds to finish with a total of 225.
While competing in her first spring tournament, Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School) finished with a total card of 227. Guoynes double-bogeyed her first hole and added three more bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at +5. The junior added two more bogeys on 14 and 15 but completed the round with a birdie on 16 to help the team move up in the standings with a score of 78. Guoynes’ scores of 71 and 78 through the first two rounds complemented her third round score to help her finish in 31st place.
Rounding out the team’s score was Rebecca VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) who finished the final round with a score of 80 to rank 80th in the field after three rounds. The sophomore carded her best score in the three-day tournament with a mark to finish at 246. VanEtten fell behind four strokes in the first five holes before cutting a stroke off her total with a birdie on eight. She carded five bogeys on the back nine to finish at +8.
Although not eligible for individual ranking, Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) concluded the tournament with a score of 85 and carded a total score of 158 through two rounds.
Sophomore Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) competed as an individual in the tournament and finished tied at 26th. Khuan Yong started on the 10th with three bogeys in her first five holes before recording birdies on 16 and 18. After making the turn at +1, Khuan Yong added a double bogey on four to finish at +3.
2.Georgia State 292-297-307-896
4.Southern Illinois 296-300-305-901
5.Daytona State 307-295-301-903
7. Western Carolina 295-306-307-908
T8.Wofford College 300-306-307-913
10.James Madison 300-307-310-917
11.Morehead State 303-301-314-918
13.Stephen F. Austin 302-318-314-934
14. UNCG 306-316-315-937
T20. Georgia Price 73-73-79-225
T20. Briana Carlson 74-76-75-225
T26. Mei Khuan Yong 76-75-75-226
T31. Chelsea Guoynes 71-78-78-227
T80. Rebecca VanEtten 83-83-80-246
Megan VanEtten D-73-85-158