ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Facing a one-shot deficit to begin the day, the second-ranked Nova Southeastern women’s golf team ended the afternoon with an 11-shot win at the World Golf Invitational – the program’s third in a row at the event. Freshman Valentina Albertazzi tied the tournament record for lowest second-round score with a (-4) 68 en route to placing second overall, while both Hanna Ahlander and Sofia Garcia Austt also earned Top-10 finishes.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 1st of 18 teams
Tournament Champion: Nova Southeastern
Location: World Golf Village Slammer & Squire | St. Augustine, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Entering the morning second on the leaderboard, the Sharks proved to be head and shoulders above the competition in round two, firing a tournament-best (+2) 290 to beat runner-up Rollins by 11 strokes with a 36-hole total of (+15) 591.
- Florida Southern (+27) wrapped up play one shot behind the Tars in third, while Tampa (+37) and SCAD (+38) rounded out the Top-5 in the standings.
- Outside of the Sharks, SCAD was the only other team to post a round under 300, concluding Tuesday with an effort of (+11) 299.
- Albertazzi produced one of just four rounds under par for the tournament, pairing her 68 with Monday’s score of (+1) 73 to finish one shot behind individual medalist, Seher Atwal (-4) of Rollins.
- Ahlander, the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year, started her season on a high note after earning a share of seventh at three-over par for the tournament.
- One shot off the pace of Ahlander, Garcia Austt captured ninth, using a round of (+1) 73 on Tuesday to conclude the week at four-over par.
- Nicola Fall bounced back nicely in the second round, making an eight-stroke improvement from Monday by carding a (+2) 74. The sophomore’s performance was enough to lift her into a tie for 25th.
- Mathilde Bertuol, meanwhile, registered her second straight round of (+9) 81 to land a share of 52nd.
STATS OF THE DAY:
- Along with two others, Albertazzi topped the field in Par-3 scoring with a 2.75 stroke average on such holes.
- Albertazzi and Tampa’s Heather Kipniss recorded eight birdies apiece throughout the two rounds to lead the tournament.
- Tuesday’s average score of 79.11 was over two strokes lower than Monday’s 81.65.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Including the fall, the Sharks have now won three of the five tournaments in which they’ve appeared in 2019-20.
- Nine of the 18 teams competing in this week’s tournament rank among Golfstat’s Top-25.
The Sharks will return to the course next Monday in Lakeland, Fla. in search of their third consecutive Lady Moc Classic title. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.