Barry Places 3rd at Women's Golf Season-Opening Event

Barry Places 3rd at Women's Golf Season-Opening Event
Taylor Babcock finished seventh and Barry took third at the Tusculum Intercollegiate in S.C. Photo by Joel Auerbach

Barry University women’s golf team finished third at the Tusculum Collegiate Invitational Sunday in Kiawah Island, S.C.

The Buccaneers shot a 34-over 610, closing Sunday’s season-opening final round with a 307. Lynn University shot a final round 285, winning the event with a 6-over 582. Florida Southern was second at 25-over 601.

Barry’s Taylor Babcock shot a final round 76, finishing seventh with a 4-over 148. Armstrong Atlantic’s Kristen Sammarco shot 74-70 – 144, and won in a playoff hole over Lynn’s Jessica Bradley, who fired a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish even par for the two-day event.

Host Tusculum College was fourth with a 49-over 625.

Barry’s Nancy Vergara shot a final-round 74 to finish 18th at 11-over 155. Francesca Perini and Daniela Murray tied for 24th after carding two-day 158 scores. Lizzi Over shot 159, finishing in a tie for 28th place.

“If you look at it overall, I haven’t had seven healthy players all year,” Buccaneers coach Gina Umeck said. “A third place finish with our No. 1 qualifier, Paola Grande sitting at home sick, it’s really encouraging. I’m pleased with how we did. Absolutely.

“I think the chemistry is 100 percent better than last year. I think everybody’s really pleased.”

Sunshine State Conference rivals, Barry and Lynn, are separated by 30 minutes, and in this case 28 strokes. But that was only for a two-day event. Or at least that’s how Umeck sees it.

“Lynn had a really good day,” the Bucs coach said. “Two-eighty five is an excellent score. There’s Division I teams that couldn’t shoot that.

“Of those that weren’t there, the sky’s the limit. It’s a totally different squad from last year. It’s unchartered waters for me.”