FGCU Maintains Fifth Place Heading into Final Round of 2012 A-Sun Championship
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | by Caleb Baker (@calebaker)
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Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Lowering its team score by four strokes in the second round of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, the FGCU women’s golf team now sits in tie for fifth place on the nine-team leaderboard heading into Wednesday’s final round of play at the Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

“Today we scored better overall but we are still having trouble on the back nine,” said first-year head coach Sarah Trew. “We are now in a tie for 5th and our goal tomorrow is to commit to every shot and play without any fear. Tomorrow will be a good test to see what we are made of. We just need to let our competitive side take over and at the end of the day we will be in the position we want.”

After opening the tournament with a 312 on Monday, the Green and Blue lowered their four-member team score by four strokes on Tuesday, bringing their two-round scorecard to 312-308/620 which places them alongside Jacksonville (317-303/620) in fifth place. Leading the field into the final day with a score of 576 (292-284), Kennesaw State fired a four-under par 284 on Tuesday and now holds a six-stroke lead over second-place ETSU (290-292/582).

Improving upon her opening round score of 76, freshman Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS) provided a 75 in the second round of play to lead the Eagles into the tournament’s final round with a score of 151, good for a tie for 15th among the 44 individuals. The Traverse City, Mich. product ranks among the leaders in par 3 scoring (+1), par 5 scoring (+2), total birdies (4) and total pars (22).

Sitting one stroke back of Guoynes, senior Fabienne Haremza (Wilderman, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University) shot a 77 in the second round to move her two-round score to 152 (75-77), to sit in 18th on the leaderboard. Haremza is also ranked second among all participants in par 3 scoring at one-under par, and total pars with 23.

Finishing out the scoring on the afternoon for the Green and Blue, freshman Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) and sophomore Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS), supplied rounds of 76 and 80, respectively, to place in shares of 26th and 35th. Price is ranked among the best in the field in par 5 scoring at one-over par.

Topping the individual leaderboard, ETSU’s Gabrielle Wahl opened with a five-under 67 and followed with a one-over 73 to sit in first place for the second-straight day with a score of 140 (-4).

The three-day championship tournament concludes with the final round of play on Wednesday morning from the Venetian Bay Golf Club beginning at 8 a.m. Fans can follow the action at www.Golfstat.com, while results and recaps from each day of the event will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.

FGCU Results
T-15. Chelsea Guoynes – 76-75/151
18. Fabienne Haremza – 75-77/152
T-26. Georgia Price – 81-76/157
T-35. Megan Van Etten – 80-80/160

A-Sun Championship Leaderboard (Day 2)
1. Kennesaw State – 292-284/576
2. ETSU – 290-292/582
3. Mercer – 298-289/587
4. Stetson – 293-295/588
T-5. FGCU – 312-308/620
T-5. Jacksonville – 317-303/620
T-7. Belmont – 319-310/629
T-7. Lipscomb – 321-308/629
9. USC Upstate – 316-316/632