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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2014
Women’s Golf Finishes Second at Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate
Freshman Johanna Larsson shot final round 69 and advanced to a playoff, and the Panthers finished second at the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. Photo by J.C. Ridley.
Freshman Johanna Larsson shot final round 69 and advanced to a playoff, and the Panthers finished second at the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. Photo by J.C. Ridley.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (Women’s Golf) – The No. 4 Florida Tech Panthers took the course on day two of the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate looking to put together another solid day. The Panthers did just that and finished the tournament in second place. Freshman Johanna Larsson was tied for the lead after the final 18 holes, but fell short of the championship in a playoff.

“The girls had a great weekend,” said head coach Chris Saltmarsh. “They overcame obstacles in regard to weather delays and played well. We finished one step closer to where we want to be, we just have to work on finishing tournaments.”

After the first round was completed, the Panthers were in second place with a 301. The Panthers then tied for the lowest second round score with a 300. Larsson came back after a round one 76, with a three-under-par 69. Sophomore Felicia Leftinger shot a three-over-par 75. Freshman Guro Rambjoer who shot a 77, followed by junior Rachel Polson with a 79, and junior Jara Templet shot an 84.

“You could not ask for a better round from Johanna, and that is with having to take a three-shot penalty on her second hole of the round,” Saltmarsh said. “We knew it was a rules question that was not going to go in our favor which was unfortunate and for that not to derail her was incredible.”

Larsson’s second day score was enough to tie for first play with Sofia Molinaro of the Savannah College of Art & Design. Molinaro shot a five-under-par 67 in the final round, and was able to claim the individual championship in the playoff with Larsson. Molinaro’s 67 was a tournament record.

No. 2 Barry took home the team championship from the Panthers by four shots with rounds of 297 and 300.

For their play Larsson and Molinaro were both named to the all-tournament team. Ashlii Thompson of UNC-Pembroke, Nicky Ferre of Barry, and Lily Kent of West Florida were also named to the team.

The Panthers will return to action Feb. 17-18 at the Lady Mocs Classic. The classic hosted by Florida Southern will take place at Grasslands in Lakeland.
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