LAKELAND, Fla. – Making its first tournament appearance in nearly a year, the fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern women’s golf team needed 18 holes to shake off the cobwebs and find its rhythm Monday on day one of the Lady Moc Classic in Lakeland, Fla. However, following an opening-round effort of (+20) 308, the Sharks performed like one of the nation’s premiere teams, posting a (+2) 290 to climb from ninth up to fifth on the leaderboard.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 5th of 11 teams
Tournament Leader: Limestone
Location: Grasslands Golf & Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- At 22-over par overall, NSU currently trails leader Limestone (+11) by 11 shots.
- Lynn (+12) sits one off the pace of Limestone in second among the 11 teams competing in this week’s event. Florida Southern (+17) and Anderson (+20) have a hold off third and fourth, respectively.
- As was the theme with the majority of the lineup, All-American Sofia Garcia Austt showed vast improvement between rounds one and two. Her second-round (-3) 69 trimmed six strokes off her opening-round number of (+3) 75, lifting her into a share of fifth.
- The lone NSU player to find more success in Monday morning’s opening round, Hanna Ahlander paired together rounds of (+2) 74 and (+3) 75 to grab a share of 15th at the moment.
- Making her collegiate debut, freshman Ellen Andersson pushed aside her round of (+7) 79 during the first round by bouncing back with a (+1) 73, landing her in a tie for 25th.
- Junior Nicola Fall made the biggest move of any Shark in round two, climbing from a tie for 46th into a tie for 30th following a (+1) 73 to wrap up the day.
- Freshman Ellen Ramstedt is currently in sole possession of 54th.
STATS OF THE DAY:
- NSU’s 18-shot turnaround in round two was the largest of any team in the field Monday. Limestone (11 shots) was the only other team to improve its round-to-round scoring by more than five strokes.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- At four-under par, West Florida’s Solange Gomez currently owns a two-shot lead over Jessica Rathbone of Anderson.
- NSU has won each of the previous three Lady Moc Classics.
Final-round action will tee off Tuesday morning from Grasslands Golf & Country Club. For complete coverage of the action, visit NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WGolf.
— NSU Women’s Golf (@NSU_WGolf) February 22, 2021