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