Fernandina Beach, Fla. – Led by a strong finish from senior Ryan Ashburn, the Stetson University women’s golf team held on to tie with Xavier for eighth place in the JU Amelia Island Collegiate on Tuesday.
Ashburn fired a two-over par round score of 74 in the final round of the tournament, earning a tie for 16th place in the tournament with a total score of 224.
For most players, including the tournament leaders, Tuesday’s final round saw scores inflated from the first two rounds. FIU’s Camila Serrano had a commanding lead following play on Monday, but closed with a 75 in the final round and had to survive a four-hole sudden death playoff with Daytona State’s Tiffany Chan to earn medalist honors. Serrano posted four consecutive pars on the par four 18th hole to win the playoff.
The Panthers (859) did come back to earth as a team on Tuesday, posting a final round score of 300, but won the team title by 12 shots over Kennesaw State (871), which was only able to make up one shot in the final round.
Only KSU (299) and North Florida (296) were able to break 300 on Tuesday after Monday produced 13 team scores of less than 300.
Daytona State (890) finished third as a team, followed by Jacksonville (894) and Winthrop (895). James Madison (904) and UNF (910) finished in front of the Hatters and Musketeers, as both team finished with scores of 914.
Stetson’s Sammi Smith, who led the Hatters on Monday, fell back on Tuesday with a 79 to finished tied for 23rd with a score of 227. Mallory Viera also struggled in the final round, posting an 81 to finish tied for 35th with a 230.
Claudia Redinger (241) finished the tournament tied for 61st while Jenna Hoecker (242) finished 64th. Freshman Alessandra Kutz, who was playing as an individual, shot an 84 on Tuesday and tied for 67th with a total score of 245.
The Hatters will have some time off before their next scheduled tournament. Stetson will play in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla., March 13-16.