CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. - On the strength of a final round five-under par 67, sophomore Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) finished in sole possession of first place on the 120-player leaderboard as the FGCU women’s golf team concluded the 2011 UC Spring Invitational in a share of 11th place on Sunday afternoon at the Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla.
“I really worked on staying patient and letting the game come to me this weekend,” said Carlson following the event. “I have to give credit to coach Hart for helping me maintain my patience and preparing mentally over the three rounds. It’s good to see results from the things I have been working on in practice and I am pleased with the way I played today and throughout the weekend.”
Opening with a two-over par 74 on Friday, Carlson came back with a two-under 70 on Saturday and concluded with her best round of the season, 67, in Sunday’s finale to finish with a three-round total of 211 (74-70(-2)-67(-5)).
“Briana really showed tremendous patience over the weekend and worked hard on the mental element of her game,” said first-year assistant coach Michael Hart. “I told her to focus more on the shot and worry less about the outcome, and I think everything really came together this afternoon. Overall, she played really well this weekend."
With top five finishes in all three tournaments of the spring, the Inverness, Fla. native added her first medalist honor to an already impressive season. It also marked the second time in her career that she earned a tournament title, winning the 2009 Eagle Golf Invitational in her collegiate debut.
As a team, the Blue and Green moved up the team leaderboard in each of the three days. The Eagles opened in a tie for 18th and moved into the 15th spot following Saturday’s second round. With a team score of 307 in the final round, FGCU submitted a final scorecard of 935 (323-305-307) to finish in a two way tie with Marshall for 11th overall.
Morehead State led the 23-team field through the first two rounds, but it was North Texas who hoisted the team title with a 282 (301-292-289) at the conclusion of the event.
Adding to the Eagles’ Sunday score, senior Lina Elmsater (Stockholm, Sweden/Pfeiffer University) finished with an 80 to bring her three-round total to 238 (84-74-80) and classmate Katerina Toomalatai (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast HS) wrapped up the competition with a 247 (84-78-85). With her best round of the tournament, junior Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University) shot a 75 on Sunday to conclude the event with a 239 (81-83-75).
The Blue and Green return to the course as they head to Jacksonville, Fla. for the World of Golf tournament hosted by Jacksonville beginning April 3. It will be the Eagles final tune-up before heading to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship (April 11-13). Results and recaps from the World of Golf tournament will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each round.
FGCU Final Results
1. Briana Carlson – 74-70(-2)-67(-5)/211
T66. Lina Elmsater – 84-74-80/238
T71. Fabienne Haremza – 81-83-75/239
T93. Katerina Toomalatai – 84-78-85/247
T107. Megan Van Etten – 84-85-86/255
1. North Texas – 301-292-289/882
2. Morehead State – 290-301-304/895
3. Florida Southern – 295-302-300/897
4. Campbell – 300-302-305/907
5. Stetson – 303-296-309/908
6. Elon – 301-309-299/909
7. Houston Baptist – 310-302-304/916
8. Mercer – 307-304-307/918
9. FAU – 312-305-309/926
10. Cincinnati – 315-304-308/927
T11. Marshall – 302-307-326/935
T11. FGCU – 323-305-307/935
13. Ohio – 310-312-314/936
14. North Dakota State – 313-318-315/946
15. Seminole State CC – 323-315-311/949
16. UAB – 317-303-330/950
17. Rutgers – 312-314-328/954
18. Embry-Riddle – 326-313-316/955
19. Oakland – 313-324-323/960
T20. McNeese State – 324-321-319/964
T20. Seton Hall – 320-315-329/964
22. Eckerd – 331-338-331/1000
23. St. Andrews Presby. – No team score