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Tars Finish GolfRank Invitational in Fifth Place

Seher Atwal
Seher Atwal

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (October 10, 2017) – Rollins held a five-shot lead going into Tuesday's final round, but stumbled to the finish and landed fifth at the 2017 GolfRank Invitational.


Having shot the tournament's two best scores on Monday (298-296), the Tars posted a 26-over 314 on Tuesday to fall four spots down the leaderboard, closing the event with 908 strokes.

"We are very disappointed in our finish at the Golfrank Invitational," said Tars head coach Julie Garner. "The team worked hard to put themselves in a position to be in the mix in the final round, yet we obviously failed to capitalize on the opportunity."

Barry took the tournament title behind a final round 288 to finish with a 30-over 894. Lynn was second with a 34-over 898 while host Nova Southeastern and Saint Leo tied for third with scores of 902.

"Hats off to Barry for a great final round, and it's a perfect example of what championship teams do, and what we failed to do," added Garner.

Seher Atwal led the way for Rollins, finishing tied for seventh with a six-over score of 222. The sophomore came into the day two over and started on a tear, playing the front-nine at three under behind four birdies. She ran into trouble on the back and closed the day with a final round 76.

Lexie Toth tied for 15th with a 10-over score of 226. The senior shot a 79 on Tuesday, closing the front-nine with a birdie. Madison Lellyo tied for 29th, shooting scores of 76-77-78 for a 15-over 231. Her final day was highlighted by a pair of red numbers on the back-nine.

Lara van Staden tied for 40th in her first collegiate tournament, opening up with a 73 and posting back-to-back rounds of 81 to finish with 235 strokes. Sophie Faulkner tied for 54th, posting rounds of 81-75-85 (241).

Rollins also had a quartet of individuals playing in the event. Selin Timur led the group, finishing tied for 43rd. The sophomore carded scores of 78-77-81 for a 20-over 236. Shyanne Lovan climbed four spots to 53rd place on Tuesday, finishing 24-over (240) with rounds of 78-84-78.

Julia Malone made the day's biggest jump, vaulting eight spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 68th. She was 30-over after two rounds and shot a solid 77 on Tuesday, playing the back at one-under, to finish with 251 strokes. Senior Sara Riascos took 75th place, shooting 82-87-88 for a score of 257.

West Florida's Paloma Vaccaro captured medalist honors, firing a seven under 209 with rounds of 68-70-71.

Rollins will have short rest before heading to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the UNC Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 13-15.

"Disappointment aside, we have to regroup quickly as we leave for North Carolina tomorrow. It's mid-October so there is plenty of time to go over our statistics, improve our mindsets, and get back to work. We look forward to the challenge!"