JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Behind low rounds from Chelsea Guoynes and Georgia Price, the FGCU women’s golf team bettered its scoring by 13 shots from Friday to Saturday, but remained in third place following the second round of the EAT A PEACH Collegiate hosted by Mercer University.
Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS) and Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers HS) both carded team-low rounds of 76 (+4) on the 6,198-yard Pine Lakes Golf Course. Guoynes is tied for 8th overall with a two-round total of 154 (78-76), while Price is tied for 10th (156) after shaving four shots off her first-round score (80-76).
The Eagles shot a 308 on day two of the season-opening invitational, and all five scoring members of the team improved their score from the first round (321, 629 total). Mercer continues to lead the four-team tournament as the Bears shot a 302 for a two-day total of 595 (293-302). Seminole State is just ahead of FGCU after a second-round 307 (624 total), while the Green and Blue are 14 shots clear of fourth-place USC Upstate (643).
Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) and Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS) both shot rounds of 78 on Saturday and sit in 12th and 17th place, respectively, with Detlefsen tied with two others. Carlson now has recorded rounds of 79-78 (157), while Detlefsen made the third-best improvement in the 25-player field from round one to round two, taking six fewer shots to get around the course on Saturday than on Friday (84).
The best improvement in the entire field was made by Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) as the sophomore shot an opening-round 91, but responded with an 82 on Friday. Rounding out the FGCU scoring for the day was Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) who is playing as an individual and sits in a tie for 21st overall after submitted an 84 on Saturday.
“Today we played much better. We seemed to relax a little more and settle in,” head coach Sarah Trew said. “I think everyone left some shots out there, but we’re looking forward to coming out tomorrow and building on the progress we made today.”
While every team in the field save for Mercer improved its overall score from the first round, the course still was difficult as only one hole played under par – the par-4, 328-yard 16th at 3.96. For the second-straight day, the par-4, 384-yard 18th played as one of the top-two most difficult holes at 4.68; however, unlike Friday, it did yield one birdie. The par-4, 359-yard 4th was the most difficult for the field on Saturday, playing more than 3/4 of a shot over par at 4.76. Through the first two rounds, the par-4, 385-yard 9th – which played 4.60 on Friday and 4.64 on Saturday – has still not yielded a birdie.
The tournament, which features two other Atlantic Sun Conference 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. Final-round action gets underway Sunday with every FGCU golfer going out in the first six waves of tee times from 8:30-9:10 a.m.