Panthers Battle Tough Conditions, Tie for Seventh

By  //  February 18, 2015

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On a day in which numbers ballooned due to wind gusts well above 25 miles per hour, the Florida Tech Panthers posted Tuesday’s second-best score in the 17-team event to finish in a tie for seventh at the Lady Moc Classic with a 69-over-par 933. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On a day in which numbers ballooned due to wind gusts well above 25 miles per hour, the Florida Tech Panthers posted Tuesday’s second-best score in the 17-team event to finish in a tie for seventh at the Lady Moc Classic with a 69-over-par 933.

Although there is room for improvement, head coach Chris Saltmarsh likes the progress his team made today.

“Little did we know the winds were going to be 20-plus miles per hour about four or five holes into the day,” said Saltmarsh. “But when times got tough we really buckled down and fought hard to bring in the scores we did. It was good to see us react the way we did against the adversity.”

The Panthers entered round three 10th on the leaderboard, but steadily climbed after four out of five players improved on their day one totals, including tourney runner-up Johanna Larsson.

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The Panthers entered round three 10th on the leaderboard, but steadily climbed after four out of five players improved on their day one totals, including tourney runner-up Johanna Larsson. (FIT Image)

Larsson ultimately lost out on the individual title by virtue of a tiebreaker to Northwood’s Elsa Westin, but her one-over-par 73 proved to be the top overall performance in the final round. The sophomore rose five spots in the final round, and finished with a tournament-best 11 birdies.

“Today was probably, and I mentioned it to her earlier, her best round of golf that I’ve seen her play since she’s been here,” said Saltmarsh. “She was really focused and determined. From start to finish, she was what we would call ‘In the zone’. There wasn’t any wavering, everything was dialed in.”

Florida Tech’s Felicia Leftinger snuck into the top-25 with a final round five-over-par 77, her lowest score of the Classic. Seven strokes behind Leftinger, Rachel Polson ended play in a tie for 44th.

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Guro Rambjoer and Karolyne Shieh each moved up in the standings by double-digits on the final day, placing 53rd and 75th respectively.

FIT is now off until March 2, but will head into next month’s Armstrong Pirate Women’s Invitational in Savannah, Georgia with much more confidence.

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Chris Saltmarsh

“I think it’s a big confidence booster to know that we can go out there, and as long as we keep plugging along, we’re going to give ourselves a chance,” said Saltmarsh.

“We already know we’re a good team, and have the opportunity to complete for something big. Proving it to ourselves is huge, and will pay dividends when we get to the end of the season.”

Final Team Standings Top-10
1. Rollins (+41) 905
2. Northwood (+59) 923
T3. Lynn (+61) 925
T3. Seminole State (+61) 925
5. Nova Southeastern (+62) 926
6. West Florida (+65) 929
T7. Florida Tech (+69) 933
T7. Flagler (+69) 933
9. SCAD (+74) 938
10. Saint Leo (+82) 946


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