BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s golf team set a program record with a round-best 282 in its first round of the FAU Fall Invitational at Osprey Point Golf Course beating the previous record of 289 set in 2008. The Owls finished with a second round 290 to finish second place.
“I’ve been telling these girls all along that I could see the caliber of play they were capable of and we just kept saying there’s going to be a day all of you are going to show up and that’s what we had happen [Monday]," FAU Head Coach Kathy Baker-Guadagnino said. "It was an awesome day, but then even coming in today, knowing there was a lot of competition out there, there's always that pressure to want to do better then it's hard when you know you've just set the bar so I and yet to watch them take second was amazing and even to play a little better so that I was excited about it.”
“I think they were a little nervous coming into [Tuesday]," Baker-Guadagnino said. "Everyone was a little quiet. You can see everybody carries a little bit different. For my team it just seems like they get all quiet and so you're just trying to keep them light-hearted, but I think they felt the pressure lot of them had some opportunities.”
• Jennifer Keim finished T-7th with a 67-73, 140 and T-6th on Par 5 holes on the tournament
• Finishing T-7th with a 70-70, 140, Daniella Castaneda closed tournament with the 5th most birdies and the best score on Par 3 holes
• Amanda Leslie finished with a 72-74, 146 in T-12th
• Tai Barber improved in her second round finishing T-15th with a 74-73, 147
• Kadi Pallastrone closed the tournament in 18th with a 75-73, 148 and the T-6th best scores on Par 5 holes
• Meghan Bennett wrapped up the round with a 73 finishing in T-21st and the second most pars on the day
• Katie Veale and Taylor Morgan both wrapped up T-21st with a 75-74, 149
• Zoie McDavid improved a team-most four strokes from round to round with an 83-79, 162
• Kayla Longo closed the tournament with an 83-80, 163
• Liza Weisman closed with an 85-85, 170, finished even on Par 3 holes for the tournament
On the Owls’ performance moving forward, Coach Baker-Guadagnino noted that the performance changes the mindset. “Now you know you can do it, so you begin to expect and believe that of yourself, which translates to lower scores, which is good for me.”
The Owls travel to Lakewood Ranch, Fla. for the Pat Bradley Invitational beginning Sunday.