Clark's Medalist Finish Propels @FGCU_WGolf To Spring Break Shootout Title

Clark's Medalist Finish Propels @FGCU_WGolf To Spring Break Shootout Title

DADE CITY, Fla. - Ailsa Clark fired another sub-70 round to capture medalist honors and lead the FGCU women's golf team to a record-destroying first-place finish in the Spring Break Shootout at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.

After a record-tying 137 (-5) on Monday, Clark (Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS) shot a two-under 69 to finish with a program-record 54-hole score of 206, which is five strokes better than Briana Carlson's 211 in 2011.

"Ailsa played phenomenal golf this week," FGCU head coach Sarah Trew said. "She has been working so hard on her game, and it is great to see it paying off for her. She was so instrumental in our win."

Along with another third-round 69 from Laura Edmonds, the Eagles tied defending champion Western Kentucky with an 857 (+5), but won the event via a fifth-player tiebreaker. Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay HS) had another stellar performance as the freshman fired an even-par 213 to tie for fourth-place individually. She improved her score by two strokes each round.

As a team, the Green and Blue's 857 (+5) is 19 strokes better than the program's previous 54-hole team low of 876, which they set twice this past fall. In fact, it's also seven strokes better than those two performances in relation to par.

"This group is so good at finishing srong and grinding it out for every shot," Trew said. "In the end, it came down to a scorecard playoff and one shot. I am so happy for this team and can't say enough good things about them."
 
Outside of Clark and Edmonds, two others also finished in the top 20 - Kelsy Holbert(Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner HS) and Natalia Nassar (Bucaramanga, Colombia/Colegio Panamericano). Those two each shot a 220 (+7) and tied for 18th-place individually, while Madeline Marck-Sherk (Ridgeway, Ontario/Ridgeway Crystal Beach HS)finished with back-to-back rounds of 74 (+3) to close the event with a 224 (+11).

Notes
This is the third straight top-2 finish for the Green and Blue through three spring events, and it's their first title since last year's MSU Citrus Classic. They'll be back in action March 31-April 2 in Stockbridge, Ga. competing in the John Kirk Panther Invitational.
 
The event was co-hosted by FGCU and Western Kentucky.

Individual Standings
1. Ailsa Clark - 67-70-69---206 (-7)
T-4. Laura Edmonds - 73-71-69---213 (E)
T-18. Natalia Nassar - 70-76-74---220 (+7)
T-18. Kelsy Holbert - 71-76-73---220 (+7)
T-41. Madeline Marck-Sherk - 76-74-74---224 (+11)
 
Team Standings (#GolfStat ranking as of March 5)
1. #107 FGCU - 281-291-284---857 (+5)
1. #119 WKU - 280-293-285---857 (+5)
1. #120 Troy - 291-280-295---866 (+14)
4. #159 Samford - 287-293-289---869 (+17)
5. #213 Austin Peay - 295-290-287---872 (+20)
6. #138 Jacksonville - 301-283-297---881 (+29)
7. #186 ULM - 298-288-297---883 (+31)
8. #169 Arkansas State - 290-295-298---884 (+32)
9. #203 Ball State - 290-295-309---894 (+42)
10. #188 Oakland - 290-302-307---899 (+47)
11. #173 Southern Illinois - 306-296-301---903 (+51)
12. #194 Little Rock - 299-303-307---909 (+57)
13. #208 Ohio - 296-309-306---911 (+59)
14. #200 Illinois State - 304-302-308---914 (+62)
15. #215 Belmont - 317-303-321---941 (+89)

Event History
This is the third straight year the Green and Blue competed in the Spring Break Shootout after a third-place finish among 14 last year and a fourth-place finish among 13 in 2017.

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