The Hatters were again led by junior Alexandria Buelow, who shook off some early struggles that had her at two-over through 10 holes to birdie four of her last eight for a four-shot individual title victory, the eighth title of her Stetson career.
“You know that it is a pretty good round when the worst round you count is a 73,” Hatters coach Floyd Kerr said. “For this to be just our second event of the spring, I thought we made great improvement every day.”
Buelow took the title despite struggling early in her round.
“She did not play very well on the front and then bogeyed number 10 to go to two over,” Kerr said. “From there, she got everything going and birdied four of the last eight holes.”
Buelow’s total score of 210 (-6) was four shots better than Lucia Fernandez Valdes of Jacksonville State, who shot a 71 in the final round and was the only other player to finish the event under par (214).
The Hatters’ Lauren Cate also continued to play well, posting a one-over par 73 on Tuesday to finish tied for fifth with a total one-over par 217.
“Lauren and Ryan Ashburn were both under par for most of the day, and both finished with 73s,” Kerr said. “It was just an overall strong team effort.”
Sammi Smith also finished Tuesday’s round with a 73 to finish tied for 17th. Claudia Redinger’s final round score of 76 left her tied for 23rd while Ashburn finished tied for 25th.
The Hatters will jump right back into competition this weekend when they play in the UC Spring Invitational at the Plantation Inn Golf Resort in Crystal River. The field for that event will include 19 teams – Akron, Cincinnati, Embry-Riddle, FAU, FGCU, FIU, Florida Southern, Mercer, Morehead State, North Dakota State, Oakland, Ohio, Rutgers, Tampa, Seminole State, Seton Hall, UAB and Xavier.
“We’ll go over on Thursday for a practice round and then play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Kerr said. “It is a much larger field and a much stronger field. Hopefully, we can carry over our momentum into the weekend.”