PBC Women's Golf Update - Oct. 26
Five PBC Schools Compete at Flagler Fall Slam
ST. AUGUSTINE – The No. 22 (Golf World/NGCA Division II Poll) Flagler College women’s golf team finished in fifth place with a two-round total of 633 strokes at the ninth annual Flagler Fall Slam which concluded Tuesday afternoon at Marsh Creek Country Club (par: 72; yards: 6062). Columbus State finished ninth with Armstrong Atlantic State 10th, Montevallo 17th and North Georgia 18th.
Flagler shaved five shots off its first round total, but couldn’t close in on the lead pack. Finishing atop the 20-team field was Lynn University who shot a 309 this morning to finish with a 617. Lynn edged out No. 23 Carson-Newman College by two strokes. Carson-Newman shaved 19 shots off its first round total and moved past two teams to press Lynn for the title. Their 300 breaks Lynn’s record of 308 for the lowest round in the Flagler Fall Slam at Marsh Creek CC. Defending Flagler Fall slam champion Barry University finished in third place with a 624.
Samantha Smolen of Lynn led the 105-woman field from wire-to-wire and carded a 5-over par 149. She held off teammate Jessica Bradley to take home medalist honors. Bradley was one shot back with a 6-over 150. Four more golfers were two shots back with a 151.
Flagler's Lauren Benetti had one of the biggest improvements from the first to last rounds in the field. She knocked 11 strokes off her first round total and carded an ever par 72 to finish in a tie for 10th place with an 11-over 155. Marie Santacroce shot an 80 today and fell back to a tie for 14th place with a 13-over 157. Leslie Choucard carded an 82 and finished in a tie for 17th place with a 14-over 158. Nicole Keyser finished in a tie for 35th place with a 19-over 163. Elin Karlsson rounded out the point scorers for Flagler with a 26-over 170 and tied for 65th place.
Marissa Marinan shot a 19-over 163 and was Flagler’s top individual. She finished in a tie for 35th place along with Keyser. Kelsey Hughes finished with a 33-over 177 and tied for 80th place while Laura Weaver carded a 37-over 181 and tied for 87th place.
The No. 8 and No. 10 holes proved to be the toughest over the 36-hole tournament. The No. 8 hole (par 4; 386 yards) allowed one birdie and 30 pars, but forced 52 bogies, 12 double bogies and six scores worse than double bogey. The No. 10 hole (par 4; 356 yards) yielded two birdies and 38 pars, but was responsible for 35 bogies, 16 double bogies and 10 scores worse than double bogey.
Columbus State improved by 10 strokes from round one to shoot a 320 in the second round.
Kimesha Anthony grabbed yet another top-10 finish for Columbus State on Tuesday. Anthony was more to her form posting a two-over 74 to end the tournament in eighth place. The junior had a two-day score of nine-over par 153.
Freshman Ciera Bagley also improved on her day one score as she posted a seven-over par 79. Bagley finished the tournament in a tie for 24th place with a 17-over par 161.
Jennifer Brueshaber and Nikki Crowley both ended the event in 59th place. Crowley had the better second round as the senior fired an 82 while Brueshaber posted an 87. Brueshaber's score did not factor into CSU's second round score. Both golfers finished with two-day scores of 169.
Heather Altiser cut four strokes off her first round score as she shot an 85 on Tuesday afternoon. The junior finished the tournament with a two-round score of 174.
Armstrong improved by one stroke from Monday's 326, but the 651 total meant that Armstrong slipped two spots to 10th.
Junior Kelly Pearce carded a 76 on Tuesday to finish tied for 10th individually with a 155 total, her second Top 10 performance of the season. Senior Victoria Bennett fired an 82 to finish tied for 35th individually with a 163 total, while sophomore Kristen Sammarco shot a second consecutive 83 to finish tied for 49th with a 166 total.
Senior Kim Knox shot an 84 to finish tied for 52nd with a 167 total, while sophomoreJessica Tomberlin rounded out the Armstrong scoring with an 87 to finish tied for 85th individually with a 180 total.
Montevallo's Ashlee Beck finished in a tie for 21st with rounds of 82 and 83. North Georgia's Catalina Olarte was one spot behind in a tie for 22nd after shooting 79 and 87.