JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Junior Chelsea Guoynes led the FGCU women’s golf team in its first round of the season Friday by shooting a 78 at Pine Lakes Golf Course, pacing the Eagles a third-place ranking after day one of the three-day EAT A PEACH Collegiate hosted by Mercer.
Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS), shot a 39 on the front and back to finish +6 and tied for 7th overall on the par-72, 6,198-yard wet course. Mercer 293 (+5) leads the four-team invitational, followed by Seminole State (317), FGCU (321) and USC Upstate (322).
Redshirt senior Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) rebounded from a front-nine 41 to shoot the lowest nine-hole FGCU score on the afternoon with a 38 (79, +7). Carlson is in sole possession of 11th place after recording two of FGCU’s four birdies. She played the 10 par-4 holes at +2 (4.20) – tied with Guoynes and four others in the field for the third-best score in the opening round.
Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers HS), was just behind the pace set by Guoynes and Carlson after shooting 40 on the front and back for an 8-over 80. Price, who was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Second Team last year, tied for the team high in pars (11) with Carlson and Guoynes. Price is tied for 12th overall with four other golfers, including two from USC Upstate.
Rounding out the Eagles’ scoring for round one was Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS), who shot an 84 (44-40), and Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) with a 91 (44-47). Van Etten’s sister, Megan, competed as an individual and shot an 82 (42-40). She was the only player in the field of 25 who played the par-5s under par (-1).
“We started our season with a little bit of a bumpy start. We were a little rusty and seemed to get frustrated at times,” head coach Sarah Trew said. “The course was pretty wet, making it play a lot longer.
To echo Trew’s statement, every single hole played over par on Friday, and three holes did not yield a single birdie all day (par-3, 160-yard 6th; par-4, 385-yard 9th; par-4, 384-yard 18th). Additionally, four other holes allowed just one birdie. At 500 yards, the par-5 15th played the easiest at 5.04, while the 18th was the most difficult as it played nearly a full shot over par (4.92) and was the only hole that yielded single-digit pars (eight). The Green and Blue especially struggled on the four par-5 holes, playing them collectively at +13.
“As a team, we talked about committing 100 percent to every shot tomorrow,” Trew added. “We just need to shake this round off, pick ourselves up and move on. Tomorrow is a new day.”
The tournament, which features two other A-Sun teams in Mercer and USC Upstate, serves as a mini preview of the 2014 A-Sun Championship which will, like the 2013 championship, be held at Pine Lakes Golf Course. Action resumes on Saturday with every FGCU golfer going out in the first six waves of tee times from 8:30-9:20 a.m.