No. 10 Florida Tech Wins Second Straight Tournament After Dominant Victory At Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational
By Space Coast Daily // March 12, 2019
Florida Tech's Noelle Beijer won tournament individual title
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – No. 10 Florida Tech came away with another dominant victory as the Panthers cruised through the course at the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational on Tuesday at a record-setting clip to earn their second consecutive tournament win.
The Crimson & Gray shot a tournament-record round of 278 (-10) at The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe and captured the team title by 14 strokes over Lynn. Tech’s score of -10 is the lowest round versus par in program history, besting the previous mark of 284 set at the 2016 Saint Leo Invitational.
Noelle Beijer won the tournament individual title at 212 (-4) after posting a final round 67 (-5), which is the lowest round in tournament history, and second lowest in program history. She is tied for seventh all-time with two career wins.
Florida Tech started the final round in third place at +14. However, while every other team shot high on Tuesday, the Panthers were the only squad to go below-par. Their final round 278 was 24 shots better than No. 11 Lynn, who finished second overall at +18. No. 15 Saint Leo took third at +34.
The Panthers’ three-round total of 868 (+4) ranks as the second best 54-hole score in the 44-year history of the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. Their mark only trails Nova Southeastern’s 865 shot last season.
The win is the 16th in program history and the 13th under head coach Chris Saltmarsh.
Congrats to @FloridaTechWG on winning the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational ? by 1️⃣4️⃣ strokes!
— Florida Tech Sports (@GoFITPanthers) March 12, 2019
Beijer tapped in a career-high eight birdies during Tuesday’s final round and beat out Tampa’s Kiira Riijijarvi (-3) by one stroke. Limestone’s Pilar Martinez took third at -2. The sophomore’s 54-hole score of -4 is also tied for second in program history, behind Felicia Leftinger’s -6 in 2016.
Lucy Eaton, who was the individual champion at the Panthers’ previous win at the Battle at Hilton Head, carded a 69 during her last trip around the course to finish in seventh at 220 (+4).
Megan Dennis and Paola Ortiz each knocked in five birdies and scored -1 on the day to finish in a tie for eighth at 221 (+5). Lauren Watson tallied a final round 75 and concluded the tournament in a tie for 14th at 223 (+7).
Completing the Panther contingent, Marybeth McGuire carded a 77 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 64th at 242 (+26).
Beijer paced the field with 15 birdies over the three rounds while also tying for the best par-4 stroke rate at (3.90). Eaton led the tournament in par-5 scoring (4.67).
The Florida Tech women’s golf team will be back in action on Mar. 25-26 competing in the Barry Invitational at Don Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Florida.
For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech women’s golf team, visit FloridaTechSports.com
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