Garcia Austt Captures Second Straight Academic All-District Award

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For the second time in as many years, Nova Southeastern women’s golfer Sofia Garcia Austt has been named a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large First Team, officially announced on Thursday.

The teams, divided geographically, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

The At-Large teams consist of student-athletes across 14 intercollegiate sports, including: beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo.

Already a two-time All-American on the course, Garcia Austt will now look to become a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American following her junior year in which she’s continued to boast a 3.85 cumulative GPA while studying Business Management. As an integral piece of the No. 1-ranked NSU women’s golf team, Garcia Austt rattled off five Top-10 finishes in seven tournaments before concluding 2019-20 ranked as Division II’s No. 11 player. Over the course of 20 rounds, she recorded a scoring average of 73.80, including four rounds of par or better. Garcia Austt opened the year by tying for fourth at the Division I-heavy BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic, and later tied for second at the NSU Shark Invitational following an opening round of (-4) 68.

Garcia Austt will now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced from June 16-19.

A complete list of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Teams can be viewed here.

 For more information about CoSIDA’s Academic All-District and Academic All-America Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com.

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Albertazzi Awarded Division II WGCA Freshman of the Year

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Becoming the first Nova Southeastern player to be recognized since Lilliana Camisa did so eight years ago, Valentina Albertazzi has officially been named the 2020 Division II Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Freshman of the Year, announced Friday morning.

Albertazzi joins Camisa, along with Abbey Gittings (2010), Sandra Changkija (2008) and Maria Garcia Austt (2007) as the fifth player in program history to earn the award. The five combined WGCA Freshman of the Year honors for the Sharks mark the most of any school nationally since the award was introduced back in 1998.  

A native of Benahavis, Spain, Albertazzi burst onto the scene in a massive way in her first collegiate season, climbing as high as No. 1 in the Golfstat player rankings before eventually wrapping up the year at No. 3 – the highest ranking among all freshmen in NCAA Division II. Albertazzi collected seven Top-10 finishes in as many tournament appearances, registering a team-best scoring average of 72.15. She also set two single-season program marks along the way, taking over the top spots in the record books for versus par scoring average (+0.30) and Par-4 scoring average (4.0558). Additionally, Albertazzi posted 10 rounds of par or better, including six throughout her final seven rounds of the season. Following a season-best effort of (-5) 67 in the opening round, she went on to capture her first career victory at the Lady Moc Golf Classic. Her 54-hole score of (-11) 205 at the event marked the second lowest in program history, trailing only NSU Hall of Famer Taylor Collins, who carded a (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship.

Albertazzi was previously selected on Tuesday as a First Team All-American by the WGCA.

“Val is a very special person and I am so proud of her,” said NSU head coach Heather Wall. “Her relentless work ethic, desire to win, eagerness to learn, and love for her team, led to her vast improvement throughout the year. She is able to elevate those around her, and this award is a true testament to the hard work she has put in throughout the season. There are a lot of talented players across the country. Receiving this honor is huge and I couldn’t be happier for her.”

As a team, NSU collectively won four of the seven tournaments it competed in during 2019-20, running its overall win total to 17 over the past three years, and wrapped up the season at No. 1 in both the Golfstat and WGCA national polls.

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf, Instagram @NSU_WGolf and on Facebook /NSUSharksGolf.
 

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Top-Ranked Sharks Place Three on WGCA All-America Teams

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A mere 24 hours after earning All-South Region honors, the Nova Southeastern trio of Valentina Albertazzi, Sofia Garcia Austt and Hanna Ahlander has now been recognized as All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), marking the third consecutive year the Sharks have had at least three players represented across each of the All-America teams. Just a freshman, Albertazzi has been named a member of the First Team, while Garcia Austt and Ahlander were tabbed as Second Team and Honorable Mention selections, respectively. The three combined accolades are tied for second-most of any program, trailing only Dallas Baptist.

Albertazzi burst onto the scene in a big way in her first collegiate season, climbing as high as No. 1 in the Golfstat player rankings before eventually wrapping up the year at No. 3. The Spaniard collected seven Top-10 finishes in as many tournament appearances, registering a team-best scoring average of 72.15. Albertazzi set two single-season program marks along the way, taking over the top spots in the record books for versus par scoring average (+0.30) and Par-4 scoring average (4.0558). Additionally, she tallied 10 rounds of par or better, including six in her final seven rounds of the season. Following a season-best effort of (-5) 67 in the opening round, Albertazzi went on to capture her first career victory at the Lady Moc Golf Classic. Her 54-hole score of (-11) 205 at the event marked the second lowest in program history, trailing only NSU Hall of Famer Taylor Collins, who carded a (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship. Albertazzi ended the season as the highest ranked freshman in the country.

Garcia Austt collects her second career All-America nod thanks to a notable junior season in which she rattled off five Top-10 finishes in seven tournaments before concluding 2019-20 ranked as Division II’s No. 11 player. Over the course of 20 rounds, she recorded a scoring average of 73.80, including four rounds of par or better. Garcia Austt opened the year by tying for fourth at the Division I-heavy BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic, and later tied for second at the NSU Shark Invitational following an opening round of (-4) 68.

Following an impressive 2018-19 season in which she was lauded Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year, Ahlander continued to shine as one of the nation’s very best during her sophomore campaign, ultimately closing the year as the No. 17 player in NCAA Division II. In seven starts in 2019-20, the Vasteras, Sweden native posted a scoring average of 74.60, tallying seven rounds of par or better in the process. A season-low round of (-5) 67 on the final day of the BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic propelled Ahlander to her first career win, and as a result, also landed her the first SSC Player of the Week award of her career.

The complete 2019-20 WGCA All-America Teams are listed below.

WGCA Division II All-America Teams
First Team
Valentina Albertazzi, Nova Southeastern University
Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis
Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos
Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University
Emily Leung, Simon Fraser University
Susana Olivares, University of Central Oklahoma
Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
Francesca Santoni, Saint Leo University
Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University
Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Matilda Wahren, Lynn University

Second Team
Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University
Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University
Cammie Decker, Concordia University-Portland
Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University
Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist University
Alice Gotbring, Barry University
Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis
Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University
Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University
Hailey McLaughlin, Wingate University
Noemie Pare, Barry University
Loren Perez, Florida Southern College
Megan Sabol, University of North Georgia
Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay

Honorable Mention Team
Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern University
Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University
Seher Atwal, Rollins College
Emily Felix, Lee University
Haverly Harrold, Lee University
Kristina Kniesly, University of Findlay
Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis
Izzy Lawrence, Saint Leo University
Savannah Magallon, California State University San Marcos
Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir Rhyne University
Warissara Puangcharoen, Wingate University
Hallie Riley, University of Tampa
Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf, Instagram @NSU_WGolf and on Facebook /NSUSharksGolf.
 

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NSU Trio Headlines WGCA All-South Region Team

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The nation’s No. 1 ranked women’s golf team placed three players on the 2019-20 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-South Region Team on Monday, as Hanna Ahlander, Valentina Albertazzi and Sofia Garcia Austt gave Nova Southeastern the most selections among any program in the region. All 10 golfers on the South Region Team are members of Sunshine State Conference programs.  
 
The reigning SSC Freshman of the Year, Ahlander continued to impress during her sophomore campaign, ultimately closing the year as the No. 17 player in NCAA Division II. In seven starts in 2019-20, the Vasteras, Sweden native posted a scoring average of 74.60, tallying seven rounds of par or better in the process. A season-low round of (-5) 67 on the final day of the BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic propelled Ahlander to her first career win, and as a result, also landed her the first SSC Player of the Week award of her career.

Albertazzi, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in a big way as a freshman, climbing as high as No. 1 in the Golfstat player rankings before eventually wrapping up the season at No. 3. She collected seven Top-10 finishes in as many tournament appearances, registering a team-best scoring average of 72.15. Albertazzi set two single-season program records along the way, taking over the top spots in the record books for versus par scoring average (+0.30) and Par-4 scoring average (4.0558). Additionally, she tallied 10 rounds of par or better, including six in her last seven rounds of the season. Following a season-low effort of (-5) 67 in the opening round of the Lady Moc Golf Classic, Albertazzi captured her first collegiate victory with a 54-hole score of (-11) 205, marking the second lowest in program history, trailing only Taylor Collins, who carded a (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship. Albertazzi ended the season as the highest ranked freshman in the country.

Garcia Austt repeats as a WGCA All-South Region pick thanks to a notable junior season in which she rattled off five Top-10 finishes in seven tournaments before concluding 2019-20 ranked as Division II’s No. 11 player. Over the course of 20 rounds, she recorded a scoring average of 73.80, including four rounds of par or better. Garcia Austt opened the year by tying for fourth at the Division I-heavy BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic, and later tied for second at the NSU Shark Invitational following an opening round of (-4) 68.

The entire All-South Region Team is available below.

South Region
Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern University
Valentina Albertazzi, Nova Southeastern University
Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University

Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
Alice Gotbring, Barry University
Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University
Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University
Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
Francesca Santoni, Saint Leo University
Matilda Wahren, Lynn University

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

To view the complete list of WGCA All-Region Teams, click here.

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf, on Instagram @NSU_WGolf and on Facebook /NSUSharksGolf.
 
 
 

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Top-Ranked Sharks Honor Lone Senior, Mathilde Bertuol

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Continuing on with our Senior Day recognitions for the programs whose seasons were limited this spring, today, the Nova Southeastern athletic department would like to honor the women’s golf team and its lone senior, Mathilde Bertuol.

In her two years as a Shark, Bertuol was a mainstay in an NSU lineup that combined to earn nine tournament wins during that span. The native of Crozet, France competed in 16 career events, accumulating a scoring average of 78.56. Bertuol collected a total of five Top-25 finishes, including a tie for 11th at the Rollins Legends Invitational in November of 2018 and a career-best 10th-place finish at last year’s Argonaut Invitational. In 2018-19, she ended the season ranked as the No. 62 player in NCAA Division II.

“Watching Mathilde grow these last two years has been such a pleasure,” said head coach Heather Wall. “Her never-give-up attitude, work ethic, sarcastic jokes and leadership on and off the course have shaped her into the woman she is today. I couldn’t be more proud. I know that whatever she decides to do in her future, it’s going to lead to great things. She’ll always be loved and we’re going to miss her. We cherish all the wonderful times we’ve had with her, but also know she’ll forever be a Shark!”

Having won four of their seven tournaments throughout 2019-20, Bertuol and the Sharks concluded the year atop the rankings at No. 1 in the Golfstat national poll.

Each Friday over the course of the next few months, NSU will celebrate its seniors who had their final seasons cut short this spring.

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf, on Instagram @NSU_WGolf and on Facebook /NSUSharksGolf.
 

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Top-Ranked Sharks Claim Fourth at Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational

WINDERMERE, Fla. – For the first time in 2020, the Nova Southeastern women’s golf team will be returning home from a tournament without any hardware. In a loaded field featuring seven of the nation’s Top-10 programs, the Sharks finished fourth Tuesday at the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational with a combined score of (+18) 882. Valentina Albertazzi, the No. 1 player in NCAA Division II, led the way for the Sharks with a tie for ninth, while Hanna Ahlander earned a share of 11th overall.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 4th of 20 Teams
Tournament Champion: Dallas Baptist
Location: The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Point | Windermere, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,095
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_WGolf | Instagram – @NSU_WGolf | Facebook – /NSUSharksGolf

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Entering the morning deadlocked with No. 11 Saint Leo, sixth-ranked Dallas Baptist pulled away for the eventual six-shot win thanks to a tournament-low round of (-5) 283 on Tuesday.
  • Outside of Dallas Baptist (-5) and Saint Leo (+1), No. 9 Florida Southern (+3) captured third, while NSU (+18) and No. 3 Tampa (+19) rounded out the Top-5 of the leaderboard.
  • Tied at seven-under par following 54 holes of play, Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi went on to defeat Amanda Gartrell on the fifth playoff hole to earn individual medalist honors.
  • Albertazzi continued her climb up the leaderboard Tuesday. After opening with rounds of 74 and 72 on Monday, the freshman posted red numbers in the final round with a score of (-2) 70 to close the week at even-par.
  • Ahlander missed out on a Top-10 finish by a mere two strokes, capping the tourney at two-over par following a 74 over the final 18 holes.
  • At six-over par, Sofia Garcia Ausst’s 54-hole effort landed the junior in a tie for 27th.
  • Following consecutive rounds of 76 yesterday, Nicola Fall trimmed two shots off her score with a final round of 74 this afternoon, good enough for a share of 41st.
  • Mathilde Bertuol produced her best round of the week Tuesday, carding a five-over par 77 to wind up tied for 80th, with Sol Santecchia wrapping up play at 28-over par as an individual participant.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Prior to Tuesday, the Sharks had won each of their three previous appearances at the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational (2016-18).
  • Albertazzi has now placed among the Top-10 in the first seven tournaments of her collegiate career.

UP NEXT:
NSU will return to competition on Monday, Mar. 23 for the start of the Barry Invitational down in Miami Lakes, Fla. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.
 
 

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No. 1 NSU Currently Fourth Through First 36 Holes of Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Winners of its first two tournaments of the spring, No. 1 Nova Southeastern has its work cut out if it’s to make it three in a row, as the Sharks trail co-leaders Dallas Baptist and Saint Leo following the opening two rounds of play at the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational, hosted by Rollins.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 4th of 20 Teams
Tournament Leader(s): Dallas Baptist/Saint Leo
Location: The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Point | Windermere, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,095
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_WGolf | Instagram – @NSU_WGolf | Facebook – /NSUSharksGolf

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • With scores of even-par, both Dallas Baptist and Saint Leo lead third-place Florida Southern by six strokes, while NSU (+11) and Tampa (+12) round out a Sunshine State Conference-laden Top-5.
  • Following an opening-round of even-par 72 to begin the day, Florida Southern’s Amanda Gartrell fired a tournament-record 66 in the second round to grab a two-shot edge over Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi atop the leaderboard at six-under par overall.
  • Sophomore Hanna Ahlander paced the Sharks on Monday, piecing together consecutive rounds of even-par 72 to position herself in 10th.
  • The Sharks’ lone round of the day in red numbers belonged to Sofia Garcia Austt, who carded a one-under par 71 before adding a 74 in the afternoon. At one-over par for the tournament, Garcia Austt currently sits tied for 11th.
  • Just one behind Garcia Austt, and in a tie for 16th, is the nation’s No. 1 player in Valentina Albertazzi. The freshman posted rounds of 74 and 72 on Monday.
  • Identical rounds of four-over 76 have Nicola Fall tied for 44th, with Mathilde Bertuol and Sol Santecchia, who is competing this week as an individual, in a six-way tie for 87th.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • NSU has trailed after the first 36 holes of play in each of its previous two tournament wins this spring.

UP NEXT:
NSU will look to climb back into contention when final-round action tees off Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.
 
 

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Albertazzi Awarded First Career SSC Player of the Week Honor

MELBOURNE, Fla. – In what figures to be the first of many awards throughout her career, Nova Southeastern freshman Valentina Albertazzi has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Just last Tuesday, Albertazzi and the top-ranked Sharks swept both the individual and team titles at the Lady Moc Classic. As a team, NSU fired a final-round score of even-par 288 to edge No. 5 Barry by one stroke, while Albertazzi herself erased a two-shot deficit over the final 18 holes to hold off the nation’s No. 1 player in Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi for her first career victory. The Sharks have now won two consecutive tournaments to open the season, and each of the past three Lady Moc Classic’s overall. The Spaniard’s 54-hole total of (-11) 205 marks the second lowest in program history, trailing only Taylor Collins, who carded a score of (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship.

Albertazzi currently ranks as the No. 2 player in NCAA Division II.

Albertazzi and the Sharks will take a few weeks off of competition before returning to action on Mar. 9 for the start of the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational, hosted by Rollins. For complete coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.
 

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Albertazzi, Top-Ranked Sharks Defend Title at Lady Moc Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. – More hardware is headed back to Fort Lauderdale after freshman Valentina Albertazzi and the top-ranked Nova Southeastern women’s golf team swept both the individual and team titles on Tuesday at the Lady Moc Classic. As a team, the Sharks fired a final-round score of (E) 288 to edge fellow Sunshine State Conference foe Barry by one stroke, while Albertazzi erased a two-shot deficit over the final 18 holes to hold off Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi for her first career victory. Head coach Heather Wall‘s group has now won consecutive tournaments to open the season, and each of the past three Lady Moc Classic’s overall.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Finish: 1st of 16 teams
Tournament Champion: Nova Southeastern
Location: Grasslands Golf and Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,085
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_WGolf | Instagram – @NSU_WGolf | Facebook – /NSUSharksGolf

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • For the second time in as many weeks, the Sharks faced an uphill battle entering the final round of play, and for the second time in as many weeks, they managed to find a way to win. Opening the morning four shots behind Barry and in fourth overall, NSU produced the round of the day to secure Coach Wall’s 20th career win.
  • In an All-SSC Top-5, Tampa (+7) collected third, with Lynn (+15) and Saint Leo (+19) earning fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Albertazzi was one of only seven players to post red numbers on Tuesday, using a (-2) 70 to beat out Riihijarvi by three strokes with a final score of (-11) 205.
  • Sofia Garcia Austt captured her second straight, Top-10 finish to begin the season. Following rounds of 70 and 73 on Monday, the junior registered another round of 73 Tuesday to wrap up play in sole possession of ninth.
  • Hanna Ahlander joined Albertazzi in red numbers during the final round. The sophomore’s 71 on Tuesday capped a strong finish to the tournament, as she came away in 14th at four-over par.
  • Nicola Fall put forth her best effort of the week in the final round, penciling in a (+2) 74 to earn a share of 29th.
  • At 13-over par, Mathilde Bertuol finished two back of Fall in a tie for 36th, as Sol Santecchia landed in 65th.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • Albertazzi’s 54-hole total of (-11) 205 marks the second lowest in program history, trailing only Taylor Collins, who carded a (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship.
  • NSU’s team score of (+2) 866 ranks fourth all-time in program history among 54-hole totals.
  • Albertazzi has now finished among the Top-2 in each of the first two events of the season.

UP NEXT:
The Sharks will take a few weeks off of competition before returning to action on Mar. 9 for the start of the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational, hosted by Rollins. For complete coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.
 
 

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Sharks in Contention After First Two Rounds at Lady Moc Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. – Following yet another impressive effort from freshman Valentina Albertazzi, No. 1 Nova Southeastern finds itself near the top of the leaderboard through the first 36 holes at the Lady Moc Classic, hosted by Florida Southern. Albertazzi currently sits in second overall at nine-under par, as the Sharks collectively trail leader Barry by just four strokes in what is shaping up to be an exciting final round.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Tournament Standing: 4th of 16 teams
Tournament Leader: Barry
Location: Grasslands Golf and Country Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,085
Get Social: Twitter – @NSU_WGolf | Instagram – @NSU_WGolf | Facebook – /NSUSharksGolf

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The leaderboard’s Top-4 teams are all separated by just a combined four strokes. Barry (-2) owns a slight one-shot edge over second-place Tampa (-1), while both Lynn (+1) and NSU (+2) are nipping right on their heels.
  • Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi owns the 36-hole lead after firing rounds of 67 and 66 to finish the day at 11-under par. Still, Albertazzi nearly matched Riihijarvi stroke for stroke thanks to rounds of 67 and 68, keeping her within two shots of first.
  • Sofia Garcia Austt opened up the tournament with a strong round of (-2) 70. A second-round score of (+1) 73 has her at one-under par for tournament, good enough for 11th overall.
  • After posting a (+4) 76 in round one, sophomore Hanna Ahlander shaved three shots off her score in the afternoon, using a (+1) 73 to enter the clubhouse tied for 18th at five-over par.
  • Mathilde Bertuol and Nicola Fall are both among a logjam tied for 34th at nine-over par, while Sol Santecchia stands tied for 64th.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • During the second round, Tampa’s Hallie Riley sunk a hole-in-one on No. 6, marking the eighth-ever in the history of the tournament, and first since Ahlander accomplished the feat a year ago.

UP NEXT:
The Sharks will look to overcome the narrow deficit when final-round action gets underway on Tuesday morning. For complete coverage, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_WGolf.
 
 

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