Carlson Leads @FGCU_WGOLF During The First Round of Play at The Eagle Invitational
Sunday, September 15, 2013 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)
Briana Carlson topped the field of 48 golfers during the first round of play
Briana Carlson topped the field of 48 golfers during the first round of play

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Backed by a first-place standing from Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School), the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s golf team maintains third-place after the first-round of the 2013 Eagle Invitational at Worthington Country Club.

The Eagles carded a team score of 303 and currently sit behind top-ranked Barry University by seven strokes.  Barry recorded a team score of 296, while The University of West Florida finished with a 302 for second place.

“Today was an up and down day for us,” said head coach Sarah Trew.  “We had some birdies but also paired that with a few bogeys.  Tomorrow we need to relax, take one shot at a time and play within ourselves. This is a course we are all capable of doing well on, we simply need to believe in ourselves.”

The top golfers from the top three teams all tied for first place with an even 72 through the first round.

Carlson started play on the second hole and carded three birdies in their first 10 holes to enter hole 14 with a score of -3.  The senior struggled on the par 4 and recorded her first bogey of the round before bogeying on hole 16 and finding herself with a double-bogey on 17.  Carlson responded with a par on hole 18 and shot a three on the par-4 first hole to complete her first round with a score of 72.

“I am proud of how Briana played,” Trew continued.  She had her round under par, made some bogeys but fought back and birdied her last hole to get back to even.  She never gave up.”

Junior Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School) ranked second among the Eagles and seventh overall with a score of 75 (+3).  Price carded three birdies in her first round but went above par on several bogeys and a double-bogey on the fifth hole.  Sophomore Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) finished the first round with a 77 (+5) and tied for 14th place among the nearly 50 competitors.  Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy) rounded out the Eagles’ top performers with a score of 79 (+7).  Detlefsen finished tied for 21st place.  The fifth Eagle to compete for the Green and Blue on Sunday was Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School), who finished with a score of 81 (+9) and tied for 30th.

Individually, the Eagles saw three underclassmen perform well at Worthington Country Club.  Sophomore Emma Smyser (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast High School) led the field of nine individuals with a score of 78 (+6) and finished ranked 16th in the field.

Sophomores Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) and Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) completed the Eagle roster with scores of 79 and 86, respectively. 

“Tomorrow is moving day for us.  Since we were rained out in the second round, we know we need to have a strong finish.  We can’t wait to get back out on the course tomorrow,” Trew said.

The Green and Blue will conclude the 2013 Eagle Invitational on Monday, Sept. 16.  A shotgun start will begin at 8:15 a.m.  The teams will play one round of 18 holes at Worthington Country Club.