Haley Yerxa wins 44th Pat Bradley Invitational
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida – Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario / Hillcrest) won her first career victory on Monday afternoon as she won medalist honors at the 44e Pat Bradley Annual Invitational to lead the FGCU Women’s Golf Team. Right behind her, Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina / Cypress Bay) Tied for second as the Eagles took fourth as a team.
“What a great way to end the fall season with Haley winning and Laura finishing tied for second. I’m so proud of them and the effort they put in every day,” said the head coach. Sarah trew. “As a team we had a very strong tournament and beat some good teams. I am very happy with our performance and I am already looking forward to the spring season.”
Yerxa shot a 73 Monday as part of his 54-hole total of 212 to win the individual title. As a rookie in a red shirt, Yerxa finished tied for first at Amelia Island Collegiate where she shot 211 for all three rounds. At Pat Bradley, she shot a first round of 69 before getting a 70 yesterday. She finished the tournament with 12 birdies which were tied for second for all players on the field.
“Haley worked so hard during her time here and she was just about to win outright,” Trew said. “I couldn’t be happier to see her take home a victory today as a reward for the time and effort put in every day.”
Edmonds, who entered the third round tied with Yerxa after Sunday’s second round, finished tied at three for second place as she allowed a 74 on Monday. For all three days, she scored 213 marked by a 65 Saturday followed by a second round 74. Edmonds led the tournament field with 13 birdies.
Anouk Casty (Basserdrof, Switzerland / Academy) tied for 27e with a 224 after Monday’s score of 73 in the third round. Sophie warren (Lakewood Ranch, Florida / Seminole State College) was only three strokes behind to equalize for 36e (227). Posie farrelly (Lutz, FL / George Steinbrenner HS) tied for 51st after posting a total of 231 in three rounds. Play as an individual, Josephine Bertelsen (Vejle, Denmark / Campus Vejle / Western Texas College) placed 77e globally.
Yerxa posted three birdies on Monday, which eased four bogeys. Edmonds added two birdies and had just three holes over par. Casty had the most birdies of the day with four, but scored a brace on number 2, which saw him win one for the day.
Boston College won the tag team title with a score of 867 in three rounds, with the CRF just two strokes behind for second place. James Madison placed third after scoring 870 to finish six strokes ahead of FGCU (876). The Eagles’ 296 in the third round was the second-lowest score of the day with Boston College.
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, the FGCU had competed in the event for 14 consecutive seasons.
1. – Haley Yerxa – 69-70-73 – 212
T2. – Laura Edmonds – 65-74-74 – 213
T27. – Anouk Casty – 72-79-73 – 224
T36. – Sophie Warren – 76-75-76 – 227
T51. – Posie Farrelly – 76-79-76 – 231
78 – Joséphine Bertelsen (Individual) – 79-91-85 – 255
44e Annual Pat Bradley Invitational Field:
1. – # 106 Boston College – 286-285-296 – 867
2. – # 146 CRF – 285-284-300 – 869
3. – # 107 James Madison – 287-292-291 – 870
4. – # 136 FGCU – 282-298-296 – 876
T5. – # 101 FAU – 295-299-282 – 878
T5. – # 87 Minnesota – 286-295-303 – 884
7. – # 132 Stetson – 286-305-290 – 885
8. – # 129 Jacksonville – 293-303-297 – 893
9. – # 140 Northern Illinois – 291-299-315 – 905
10. – # 134 Western Kentucky – 303-304-300 – 907
11. – # 171 Eastern Michigan – 295-306-308 – 909
12. – # 176 UTEP – 305-299-309 – 913
13. – # 145 State of Georgia – 294-318-305 – 917
14. – # 193 UT Rio Grande Valley – 297-304-321 – 922
15. – State of Daytona – 310-317-320 – 947
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