KirkwoodGolf: ABBEY GITTINGS WINS PEGGY KIRK BELL TOURNAMENT

Thursday, March 08, 2012

ABBEY GITTINGS WINS PEGGY KIRK BELL TOURNAMENT

                        ABBEY GITTINGS with the Peggy Kirk Bell individual trophy

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Colin@scottishgolfview.com
Warwickshire's Abbey Gittings, a junior (third year) student at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, won the 37th Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational college tournament at the Tuscawilla Country Cub, Winter Springs in Florida this week.
And Abbey's performance helped "The Sharks" to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row.
Only one other team in the 37-year history of the event has strung together four in a row. That was Rollins College from 2005-2008.
For the third time in four years, the Sharks have also taken the individual championship. For Abbey Gittings from Tamworth and a member of Walmley Golf Club, it was won her first championship of the spring season, as she shot a six-over 222 (76-73-73). It was her third win since she went to America.
Gittings trailed Grand Valley State‚Äôs Sara Hoffman by three strokes entering the final round which was played in windy conditions.  Abbey took the title with consistent play, repeating her score of 73 from the previous round. Hoffman had her worst score of the tournament in the third round and slipped to third place after shooting an 80.
Nova Southeastern provided a 1-2 finish with freshman Daniela Ortiz from Morelia, Mexico (75-75-74) totalling 224 - two shots behind Abbey Gittings.
The Sharks will look to carry their momentum into their next tournament, The John Kirk/Panther Invitational in Stockbridge, Ga. from March 26-27.

Jessica Bradley (Lynn University), a freshman from Devon, finished T17 in a field of 66 with scores of 80-71-85. Jessica's second round was the joint best of the tournament.
Rachael Polson (Florida Tech) from Aberdeen finished T31 on 241 with scores of 77-81-83.
Lizzi Over (Barry) from Lincolnshire came 36th on 241 (79-85-78).
Louise McGillivray (Carson-Newman) from Banchory shot 79-78-87 for 244 and 41st place.
Megan Clyne (Montevallo) from Aberdeen had a No Return in the first round but scored 78 and 82 towards the team effort in the second and third rounds.
Nova Southeastern (928) won the team evenbt ahead of Florida Southern (931), St Edwards (933), Lynn (938) and Barry (941).
Carson-Newman (961) finsiedh ninth, Florida Tech (973) 10th) and Montevallo (1025) last of 12.

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