Ortiz and Ayala Collect SSC All-Tournament Honors for Women’s Golf

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University went down swinging at the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Women's Golf Championship, shooting the second-best round of the tournament, to finish third overall.  Kristina Ortiz and Jenny Ayala earned SSC All-Tournament recognition while Helen Kreuzer and Matilda Wahren also logged top-10 finishes. 

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing:
 3rd out of 11 teams
Location: Osprey Point Golf Course – Raven/Falcon | Boca Raton, Fla.
Par/Yardage: 72/6,075
History at Event: 21st consecutive appearance (won in 2014; 7th last year)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lynn (892) shot its best round since the Peggy Kirk Bell Invite, posting a one-over par 289.  It was the second-lowest score of the tournament but not enough to catch the winner, Nova Southeastern (881).  Barry (886) finished as the runner-up in the three-team race.  Rollins (912) was 20 shots back of Lynn while Florida Tech (913) claimed fifth place.
  • After there was just four golfers to shoot under par on the first two days, Ortiz was one of five golfers in the final round to post a red score. The junior out of Puerto Rico tabulated a two-under 70 for a 220 total and third place finish.
  • Ayala was even keel the final round with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey.  Her 222 total was good for fourth.
  • Helen Kreuzer and Matilda Wahren both tied for eighth with scores of 226.  Kreuzer shot an even par 72 with a team-best four birds on the day.  Wahren traded 13 pars with five bogeys.
  • Samantha Barber had her best day on the course over the 54-holes, shooting a three-over par 75.

BEYOND THE SCORECARD:

  • 892 is a new program record for the SSC Championship, besting the previous mark set in 2014 by five strokes.
  • This is also only the third time in program history the team shot a team round under 900 at the conference championship.
  • Ortiz's 220 is a program-record for an individual at the SSC Championship.
  • She becomes the fifth player in program history with multiple SSC All-Tournament honors.
  • Fifth time in program history Lynn saw two golfers collect SSC All-Tournament accolades in the same year and the first time since Jessica Bradley and Samantha Smolen in 2015.
  • Ayala moves into a tie for seventh in program history with 16 career top-10 finishes.
  • Ortiz's final round 70 and 220 are both season-bests.
  • First time this season four members of the starting five finished in the top-10 and first time since 2014.
  • Lynn was top-three in the field in par 3 (+14 – 2nd), par 4 (+22 – 3rd) and par 5 (+12 – 3rd) scoring and was second only to Nova Southeastern with 180 pars.
  • Wahren and Ortiz trailed only Noelle Beijer of Florida Tech in par 5 scoring at even par. And Ortiz tied for the field lead with 40 par putts.

NEXT COURSE:
The Fighting Knights await their fate for the NCAA Tournament.  Check back to LynnFightingKnights.com for more details and information.