|Buelow Leads Hatters on Late Surge|
Orange Park, Fla. – After struggling through the first two rounds of the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational over the weekend, the Stetson women’s golf team, led by junior Alexandria Buelow, made a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday in the final round.
Buelow’s final round score of 68 tied for the best single individual round ever for the Stetson women’s golf program. Danielle Jackson had a 68 on October 30, 2006, at the DeBary Intercollegiate at the DeBary Golf Club.
“Alex got off to a good start with birdies on the first two holes before adding two more birdies to make the turn in 33,” Hatters coach Floyd Kerr said. “She was steady on the back through the first seven holes, but struggled on the last two holes. She made great, par-saving, putts on both holes.”
The Hatters moved up four spots in the final standings behind Beulow’s round to finish tied for seventh in the 18-team field thanks to a final round score of 296. Only East Carolina (294) and Campbell (295) had a better final round score. Those teams finished third and fourth overall.
South Florida was the most consistent team throughout the tournament, which was hosted by James Madison University at the Eagle Landing Golf Club. The Bulls were the only team in the field to post sub-300 scores in all three rounds and finished at 883 for the weekend, three shots better than Maryland in second.
“For our first spring outing, I think we had a good performance overall against a very competitive field,” Kerr said. “We got stellar performances from our co-captains, Lauren Cate and Alex Buelow, on the last day to move us up the leaderboard.
Buelow made a charge of her own up the leaderboard in the final round. After posting back-to-back two-over par scores of 74 to open the tournament, the junior had the low round of the day on Sunday by three shots and was one of just two players under par in the final round. Her closing 68 moved her into a three-way tie for second place, one shot behind tournament winner Kaylin Yost of Campbell.
Cate also finished strong, posting a final round score of even par 72 to move up 26 spots in the final standings to finish tied for 27th. The Hatters also got solid final round performances from Mallory Viera and Ryan Ashburn, who both closed with 6-over par scores of 78 on a day when the average individual score was 77.54, slightly higher than the overall tournament average of 77.52.
Buelow finished the tournament playing both the par threes and par fives in two-under par fashion. She had a 4.13 scoring average on the par fours.
The Hatters will jump right back into tournament play this weekend when they play in the Morehead State/Ocala Invitational. Play will begin at the Juliette Falls Golf Club in Dunellon on Sunday.
“We will be tournament busy for the next few weeks,” Kerr said. “I expect continued improvement as we move forward.”