No. 2 Florida Tech Has Rough Start At SSC Championship

By  //  April 13, 2015

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Finished 7th On The Day

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Entering with high expectations, No. 2 Florida Tech stumbled out the gate in round one of the Sunshine State Conference Championship on Sunday.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Entering with high expectations, No. 2 Florida Tech stumbled out the gate in round one of the Sunshine State Conference Championship on Sunday.

Finishing the day in seventh, the Panthers posted a 25-over-par 313 to equal its worst single-round total of the season.

Chris Saltmarsh

Chris Saltmarsh

“The golf course was set so that if you put the ball in the wrong spot, it was going to lead to a bogey,” said head coach Chris Saltmarsh.

“It’ll continue to be like that over the next few days as well. We made up-and-downs real difficult on ourselves, and sometimes that just happens. It’s unfortunate, however, to have it happen at such a time and place.”

Johanna Larsson

Johanna Larsson

Sophomore Johanna Larsson paved the way with a three-over-par 75, and Guro Rambjoer added a solid five-over-par 77, but the Panthers just never seemed to find a collective rhythm in the first round.

“We didn’t get off to a great start, but we hung around for a little while,” said Saltmarsh.

“However, a few bad swings forced us to lose the wind in our sail, and when that happens it’s difficult to pick back up again. It wears on you mentally.”

Ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II scoring average, Felicia Leftinger didn’t appear to be her usual self, carding a seven-over-par 79. In addition, Karolyne Shieh and Rachel Polson each failed to break 80.

Despite Sunday’s issues, Saltmarsh believes his team will turn over a new leaf in the second round.

“I’m very confident the girls will bounce back over the next few days,” said Saltmarsh.

“Tomorrow’s certainly crucial, though. Eighteen shots is a lot to make up, but I believe we can get ourselves moving in the right direction. As always, our goal remains to try and win tomorrow’s round.”

Nova Southeastern currently holds a four-stroke margin over second-place Lynn.

Second round play at RedTail Golf Club is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. Monday

Log onto FloridaTechSports.com for live scoring coverage of the day’s action.

Team Standings
1. Nova Southeastern (+7) 295
2. Lynn (+11) 299
3. Rollins (+12) 300
4. Florida Southern (+15) 303
T5. Barry (+19) 307
T5. Saint Leo (+19) 307
7. Florida Tech (+25) 313
8. Tampa (+27) 315
9. Eckerd (+63) 351


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