Women's Golf Ties for 3rd at SSC Championships

Women's Golf Ties for 3rd at SSC Championships
Martina Bertuccioli had her best finish of the season, placing third at the Sunshine State Conference Championships. Photo by Joel Auerbach

DADE CITY, Fla. – Barry University women’s golf team tied for the third at the Sunshine State Conference Championships after shooting 302 in Tuesday’s final round.

The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers tied with Nova Southeastern at 912 in the three-day tournament at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Lynn won the title with an 897. Rollins was the runner-up at 901. Saint Leo finished fifth at 915 in the nine-team, 45-player field.

It was the second time in the 2013-14 season the Bucs have tied for third in a tournament on that course, doing so the first time at the Saint Leo Invitational in the fall. The South/Southeast Regional will also be played at Lake Jovita May 4-5.

Barry’s Martina Bertuccioli finished third, shooting 73-74-74 – 221, three strokes behind individual champion Marie Coors of Saint Leo. Coors, who fired an opening-round 6-under 66 on the par-72, 6,175-yard course, shot 77 in the final round to best Florida Southern’s Emily Rymer by two strokes. Rymer shot 75 Tuesday.

Barry’s Nicky Ferre finished eighth with a 72-76-76 – 224. Teammate Nancy Vergara tied for 10th at 79-73-75 – 227. Maria Paola Fiorio shot 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 28th at 240. Francesca Perini shot 79 Tuesday, finishing 33rd with a 54-hole total of 244.

Bertuccioli had two birdies in the final round. Her third-place finish was the best of the season for the freshman from Cordoba, Argentina. Ferre, a sophomore from Weston, Fla., also had two birdies in the closing round. She has seven top-10 finishes this season.

Vergara, a junior from Caracas, Venezuela, birdied three holes in the third round. She has four top-10 finishes this season. Fiorio, a sophomore from Torino, Italy, had two birdies in the final round.

Tuesday’s play was delayed for an hour and 36 minutes after lighting struck around 12:14 p.m.

Marie Coors, Saint Leo
Emily Rymer, Florida Southern
Martina Bertuccioli, Barry
Hally Leadbetter, Rollins
Jessica Bradley, Lynn