Bucs 5th, Babcock 9th at Peggy Kirk Bell Women's Golf

Bucs 5th, Babcock 9th at Peggy Kirk Bell Women's Golf
Daniela Murray placed 11th, her best finish this year. Photo by Joel Auerbach

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. -- Barry finished fifth at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational women's golf tournament hosted by Rollins College Monday and Tuesday.

The Buccaneers shot a 77-over 941 in the three-round event at Tuscawilla Country Club. Barry finished ahead of the host Tars by three strokes.

Buccaneers freshman Daniela Murray finished in a tie for 11th place after entering the final day seven spots lower. She shot 77 in the final round, capping the tournament with back-to-back rounds in the 70s.

Barry's Taylor Babcock, who started the day tied for second, finished in a logjam in ninth after shooting 84 for a 233.

Nova Southeastern won the 12-team tournament by three strokes over Florida Southern, shooting 928. St. Edward's was third and Lynn fourth.

Barry's Nancy Vergara shot 78 Tuesday to complete her three-day tournament with a 21st-place finish. Lizzi Over shot 242 after carding her second round in the 70s -- a 78 Tuesday -- to move up six spots to 36th place. Francesca Perini tied for 44th at 247.

Nova's Abbey Gittings shot a 6-over 222 to win the medalist honors, two strokes better than teammate Daniela Ortiz.

"The third round marked a true team effort, with contributions coming most significantly from Lizzi Over, the team's captain, Daniela, and Nancy," coach Gina Umeck said. "It is very promising to watch your players all step forward, and know that on any given day they can each be the low ball of the group. This type of inter-squad competition is the meat and potatoes of improving as a collegiate golfer because you have little time to stop and take a breath. The more you are tested, the more one's back is against the wall, the better. This team has improved volumes since last year and it will only gain momentum with the welcoming of Nicole Ferre next fall.

"Finishing ahead of some highly-ranked SSC teams was another big plus from this week. Team cohesion was again a big theme of the week. These girls have grasped the notion of life and sport in the balance, and it enhances their time spent on the course during tournaments. They compartmentalize very, very well. I am continually proud of their poise and maturity as young adults."