FORT MYERS, Fla. – Heading a few hours north to Bradenton, Fla., the FGCU women’s golf team is set to compete in its second tournament of the fall season at the 18-team USF-Waterlefe Invitational. The team has a practice round scheduled for Sunday prior to Monday morning‘s opening round shotgun start at the Waterlefe Golf and River Club.
The 18-hole "Waterlefe" course at the Waterlefe Golf & River Club facility in Bradenton, Florida features 6,908 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.8 and it has a slope rating of 141 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Ted McAnlis, the Waterlefe golf course opened in 2000.
At last season’s USF-Waterlefe Invitational, the Eagles took tenth overall as Lina Elmsater (Stockholm, Sweden/Pfeiffer University) led the Blue and Green, placing 11th overall with a three-round score of 223 (76-74-73).
In their most recent outing at the 15th Annual Chris Banister Golf Classic (Sept. 5-7), the Eagles concluded play in sole possession of third place out of a field of seven teams. Holding on to fourth place entering the final round, the Eagles fired a 303 on the last day to slide into third. An opening round 316 put the Blue and Green in fifth place, but their two-stroke improvement (314) in round two moved the team into fourth place heading into the last round. For the weekend, the Eagles finished third amongst the field with 26 birdies, third in par 3 scoring (3.30/+18), fourth in par 4 scoring (4.47) and par 5 scoring (5.32), and ranked fifth with 137 pars.
Sophomore Briana Carlson’s (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) final round one-over par 73 was the second-best round of the afternoon and the low round of the tournament for the Eagles, as she finished in a two-way split of third overall with a 228 (77-78-73). Paring 32 of the 54 holes at the event, newcomer Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) concluded the three day tournament in a tie for 10th position, turning in a scorecard of 76-77-79/232.
Joining Carlson and VanEtten at this weekend’s event are seniors Elmsater and Katerina Toomalatai (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast HS), while junior transfer Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University) rounds out the five-member squad.
Sr. - Lina Elmsater (Stockholm, Sweden/Pfeiffer University)
Sr. - Katerina Toomalatai (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast HS)
Jr. - Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar Univeristy)
So. – Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS)
Fr. - Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS)
2010 Waterlefe Invitational (18-team Field)
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Augusta State University
Daytona State College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Houston Baptist University
McNeese State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Nova Southeastern University
South Dakota State University
University of Louisiana-Monroe
University of Miami
University of Montana
University of South Alabama
University of South Florida