Florida Tech Girls Golf Team Wins Panther Invitational Tournament at Duran Golf Club
By Space Coast Daily // April 11, 2019
Panthers pick up third victory in last four tournaments
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech has won the 2019 Women’s Panther Invitational at Duran Golf Club, earning a wire-to-wire victory in the final home tournament in program history.
It’s the Panthers’ third win in their last four tournaments. The lone blemish in that span was a runner-up finish at the Barry Invitational two weeks ago.
The Crimson and Gray finished the three rounds at +16 with a total score of 880 (289-297-294) after shooting +6 during Tuesday’s final round. The Panthers led at the end of all three rounds of the tournament.
Tech ended seven strokes better than second-place Seminole State (+23) and 17-shots ahead of No. 1 Barry (+33), in third place.
The win is the 17th in program history and the 14th under head coach Chris Saltmarsh.
Seminole State’s Alex Giles, who led at the end of round two, collected the Panther Invitational’s individual title. Giles closed out the three days with a combined score of 215 (-1).
Finishing one shot back of Giles was Lucy Eaton (E) in second place. Eaton posted a 71 (-1) for the final round and concluded the week with a score of 216 (70-75-71). The senior has now finished in the Top-7 in each of the last four tournaments, including three Top-3 results and one win.
Noelle Beijer (+3) tied for fifth in the standings after firing a +2 in Tuesday’s final round. She ended with a total of 219 (71-74-74).
The other senior for the Panthers, Paola Ortiz, tied for seventh among all competitors at +7, giving her four Top-10 results in the last five tournaments. Ortiz had her best round on Tuesday, shooting even-par to end at 223 (75-76-72).
Megan Dennis (+7) joined her teammate in a tie for seventh at 223 (73-72-78) following a final round score of 78. It’s Dennis’ fifth Top-10 finish of the season.
Rounding out the Panthers’ scoring team was Lauren Watson in 17th. She closed out the final round at +17 and a combined total of 233 (75-81-77).
Hailey Ko paced Tech’s individual golfers in a tie for 14th at +14 after carding 230 (78-74-78) over the three rounds. Marybeth McGuire (+29) took 23rd with a score of 245 (84-79-82). Alexis Dizinno (+35) closed out her tourney in 28th at 251 (80-88-83).
Florida Tech led the tournament in par-4 scoring (+22), par-5 scoring (-9), total pars (169) and total birdies (35). The Panthers were the only team to knock in eagles over the three days, finishing with two.
The women’s golf team will now prepare for the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championship on Apr. 14-16 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Saint Leo, Florida.
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