FORT MYERS, Fla. – Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) tied her school record with a first-round score of 65 leading the FGCU women’s golf team to first place on the leaderboard after the first round of the 44th Pat Bradley Invitational hosted by FIU at the Lakewood Rach Golf and Country Club.
“I’m so proud of the team and our start to the tournament. We have been talking about focusing on improving our opening round and we certainly accomplished that today,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “Haley was very solid today and put a good number for us and Laura has just been on fire. We know we still have work to do and tomorrow is a new day. We will try to take it low again tomorrow.”
Along with her school record 65 as the lowest round in program history, Edmonds also was -7 versus par which was also an individual school record. The Eagles tallied a score of 282 which was the second lowest team score for a round, while the -6 against par was also a program record.
Edmonds finished the day with a clean card highlighted by seven birdies including four on the first nine holes. She had previously set the school-record for a low round at the Jupiter Invitational when she shot 65 in the third round.
Just behind her was Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) who shot 69 for the day to finish three under in a tie for third. Yerxa had five birdies and was four under through 14 holes.
Anouk Casty (Basserdrof, Switzerland/Academia) finished the round even at 72 to tie for 19th, while Sophia Warren (Lakewood Rach, Fla./Seminole State College) and Posie Farrelly (Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS) tied for 52nd after each carded 76 on the day.
Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark/Campus Vejle/Western Texas College), who is playing as an individual, sits tied for 70th after the first round with a score of 79.
The Eagles finished second on the day with 18 birdies as a team and totaled 58 pars. FGCU also led the field in par 3 scoring at 2.85 (-3). Edmonds’ seven birdies led the field, while Yerxa’s five was tied for third.
Second round action will begin on Sunday at 8 AM with live stats available through www.GolfStat.com.
The last time the Eagles played in the Pat Bradley, FGCU finished 3rd among 17 teams in 2019-20. Prior to last year’s shortened season, FGCU had competed in the event 14 consecutive seasons.
1. – Laura Edmonds – 65
T3. – Haley Yerxa – 69
T19. – Anouk Casty – 72
T52. – Sophia Warren – 76
T52. – Posie Farrelly – 76
T70 – Josephine Bertelsen (Individual) – 79
44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational Field:
1. – #136 FGCU – 282
2. – #146 FIU – 285
T3. – #106 Boston College – 286
T3. – #132 Stetson – 286
T3. – #87 Minnesota – 286
6. – #107 James Madison – 287
7. – #140 Northern Illinois – 291
8. – #129 Jacksonville – 293
9. – #145 Georgia State – 294
T10. – #171 Eastern Michigan – 295
T10. – #101 FAU – 295
12. – #193 UT Rio Grande Valley – 297
13. – #134 Western Kentucky – 303
14. – #176 UTEP – 305
15. – Daytona State – 310
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