JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The FGCU women’s golf team concluded its season-opening tournament with a third-place finish at the Mercer University EAT A PEACH Collegiate on Sunday.
The Eagles matched their second-round total with a 308 on Sunday at Pine Lakes Golf Course, with Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS) leading the charge. The sophomore – who is currently in her senior year academically – capped her invitational with a low round of 76 (+4), which tied for the best round by an Eagle all weekend.
Mercer won the four-team tournament with a three-day total of 898 (293-302-303), while Seminole State finished second with a 935 (317-307-311). FGCU tied its second-round total (308) to cap the tournament just two shots behind Seminole State as it posted a 937 (321-308-308). USC Upstate, the third Atlantic Sun Conference member in the field, finished fourth following rounds of 322-321-313 (956).
“Collectively, I thought we left some shots out there,” head coach Sarah Trew said. “We need to shake the nerves and cobwebs off and settle into our game.”
Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS) finished 8th overall after posting a final-round 78 (78-76-78, 232) to close as the low FGCU member. Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers HS) was tied for 9th at the end of the three-day invitational, shooting a final-round 77 (80-76-77, 233). Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) capped the tournament in sole possession of 11th place following a final-round 77, concluding her tournament by taking a shot off each round from Friday through Sunday (79-78-77, 234).
Detlefsen – who started with an 84 on Friday, shot a 78 on Saturday and closed with a 76 on Sunday – finished inside the top-15 in a tie for 14th. Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) closed the FGCU scoring with a final-round 82, matching her Saturday total (91-82-82, 255). Playing as an individual, Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) shot a final-round 86 to cap a three-day showing of 252 (82-84-86).
For the third-straight day, the par-4, 384-yard 18th was one of the two most difficult holes, playing at a 4.96 clip in round three. While the par-4, 385-yard 9th didn’t statistically play as the most difficult hole, it was the only hole on the course that did not yield a birdie over the three rounds.
FGCU returns to action next weekend in its lone home event at the Eagle Invitational, played at Worthington Country Club. The 36-hole tournament is set for Sunday, Sept. 15, and Monday, Sept. 16, at the course in Bonita Springs, just minutes south of the FGCU campus.
“This week we are going to play a lot and focus on getting the ball in the hole,” Trew concluded. “Our home event this weekend should be a good confidence boost for us since we are playing at a familiar course.”