FIT Women’s Golf Finishes Seventh At SSC Championship

By  //  April 15, 2015

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It wasn’t the place Florida Tech was striving to attain, but the Panthers can now move forward following a seventh-place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championship at RedTail Golf Course on Tuesday. (Image by Jim ROgue)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – It wasn’t the place Florida Tech was striving to attain, but the Panthers can now move forward following a seventh-place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championship at RedTail Golf Course on Tuesday.

Chris Saltmarsh

Chris Saltmarsh

“We never found our way,” head coach Chris Saltmarsh said.

“We never got any momentum going. Any time we had momentum going, we’d lose it to a bogey or a double bogey. When you’re not making birdies along the way, it makes it difficult to keep that momentum going. The golf course was tough, but we just never found our way. Karolyne (Shieh) has been out for the better part of a month. I think there was a little bit of rust there with this being her first tournament since then.”

“Rachel (Polson) hit the ball well. She just hit it in the wrong spots. We realized this week wasn’t our week,” said Saltmarsh

Guro Rambjoer put together one of her best tournaments of the season with a nine-over-par 225 to tie for eighth. Johanna Larsson recorded the Panthers’ next best score, a 12-over 228 to tie for 16th.

Felicia Leftinger

Felicia Leftinger

Felicia Leftinger entered the tournament averaging 74.48 strokes per round. Unfortunately for the Gothenburg, Sweden native her best score was a 78, jotted down in the third round. For the tournament, she tied for 30th.

Rachel Polson

Rachel Polson

Rachel Polson tied for 36th after duplicating her second round eight-over-par 80. Karolyne Shieh came in 38th in her first tournament since the Armstrong Pirate Women’s Invitational in early March.

Hoisting the team trophy was Barry. The Buccaneers shaved off 21 strokes from their opening round 307 to win by a mere stroke over runner-ups Rollins and Lynn.

Leading the way for Barry was tournament champion Nicole Ferre, who was the only golfer to shoot below a 70 in a single round.

She leaped atop the leaderboard in the final day, passing day two leader Emily Rymer of Florida Southern, with a three-under 69. Ferre carded a one-under 215 for the tournament.

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The Panthers will prepare for a possible bid into the NCAA Division II South Super Regional, scheduled for May 3-5 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Savannah, Georgia. The field of teams will be announced on Monday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Saltmarsh has a plan in place for the next couple of weeks in the event FIT receives a bid later this month.

“We need to put the work in over the next few weeks and go the extra mile that they would normally do over the summer,”said  Saltmarsh.

“We’ll have the next couple of weeks to get caught up in our school work. I think we’ll come back fresh and ready to go.”


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