Eagle trio top 25 after day one of ASUN Women’s Golf Championship
FORT MYERS, Florida. – After the first round of the ASUN Championship, the FGCU women’s golf team is seventh with three Eagles in the top 25. FGCU finished the day shooting 303, putting them just six shots out of the top five. The second round will begin Monday morning with the Eagles starting at 9:45 a.m.
“Today was a battle out there. We had some really good shots that ended up in some unfortunate places,” the head coach said. Sarah Trew. “We have a good game plan for tomorrow and we can’t wait to move up the rankings.”
The North Florida No. 48 leads the 11-team field at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club (Par 72, 6,213 Yards). Kennesaw State is second (286) with Eastern Kentucky and Lipscomb tied for third (294). The Eagles sit six shots behind Jacksonville State (297) and three behind Central Arkansas (300).
Laura Edmonds led the Eagles with a brace of 74 to tie for 15and and just two shots from the top 10 and four from the top five. Haley Yerxa and Anouk Casty shot 75 on the day to sit tied for 21st globally.
The Eagles had 10 birdies in the first round, Edmonds had four and Yerxa and Casty each had a pair.
Edmonds started the day with three under the first five holes, but finished the front nine one over. She closed the last six holes of the day at par highlighted by a birdie on the No. 18.
After shooting three to the front, Yerxa was even on the back nine. Casty finished even on the front of the course before dropping three on the back nine.
Live scores from Monday’s second round will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
FGCU finished third in last season’s league game after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, the Eagles finished second in 2019, matching the previous high mark set in 2016 and 2017.
Madeline Marck-Sherk (2018), Megan Blonien (2017) and Fabienne Haremza (2011) are tied for the best individual result (second) in program history. Marck-Sherk shot 147 in an abbreviated two-round championship, while Blonien shot a total of 219 over 54 holes. Kristin Swindell, who finished tied for fourth, has the league’s lowest score in three sets with 216 in 2013. Edmonds finished fifth (229) in 2019 as the Eagles had three players in the top 10 to finish second in the General classification.
T15 – Laura Edmonds – 74
T21- Haley Yerxa – 75
T21- Anouk Casty – 75
T39 – Posie Farrelly – 79
T47 – JoJo Bertelsen – 83
ASUN Tournament Ground:
1 – #48 North Florida – 283
2 – #75 Kennesaw State – 286
T3 – #107 Eastern Kentucky – 294
T3 – #110 Lip Comb – 294
5 – #98 Jacksonville State – 297
6 – #104 Central Arkansas – 300
7 – #129 FGCU – 303
8 – #150 Jacksonville – 306
9 – #151 Stetson – 319
10 – Bellarmine – 321
11 – North Alabama – 326
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