Florida Tech’s Leftinger Finishes In Tie For 14th After Day-One of Women’s Championship
By Florida Tech // May 20, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With just one minor blemish to her scorecard in round two, Florida Tech’s Felicia Leftinger rose considerably up the leaderboard following a one-under 71 Thursday at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship.
The senior displayed consistency throughout and added a confidence-building birdie on No. 18 to grasp a share of 14th overall, just five strokes behind current leader Hally Leadbetter of Rollins.
Leftinger began the morning tied for 28th, but gradually climbed the leaderboard thanks to a second consecutive strong start. Following four straight pars to open the round, the Swede picked up a stroke with her first of two birdies on the day at the par-4 5th, the sixth-toughest hole at CommonGround Golf Course Thursday.
Leftinger’s lone bogey at No. 8 dropped her back to three-over for the tournament. However, she was quickly able to right the ship with nine pars in a row before cashing in on the par-5 18th to cap the afternoon on a high note.
“She’s put herself in great position off the tee and when she’s gotten into trouble, she’s recovered well for the most part,” Florida Tech Head Coach Chris Saltmarsh said of Leftinger’s performance throughout the first two days.
“There really hasn’t been anything bad, I just think she would like to make a few more putts. She’s been a little tentative, but we know she has the capability of coming out and shooting 65 in any given round.”
With 15 more pars in round two, Leftinger has now compiled 28 pars through the first 36 holes of play – the most among the 72 players in the field.
Led by Leadbetter and fellow teammate Paige Lyle, Rollins now holds a favorable eight-shot cushion over defending champion Indianapolis at two-over par.
Alongside familiar playing partner Daniela Martinez of Central Oklahoma and Montevallo’s Elaine Wood, Leftinger will get third-round action underway Friday at 11 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. MDT).
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“She’s practiced for this for many, many hours,” Saltmarsh added.
“I don’t want to say there’s no pressure, I mean it’s the national championship, but this is what she’s put in all the hours for. She believes in that, she trusts in it. She has her plan that she’s going to stick to. I think if she stays steady, she’s going to be right there.”