OCALA, Fla. – Junior Lacey Fears wrapped up a third place finish in the MSU Invitational on Tuesday at Juliette Falls Golf Course while leading the Mercer women's golf team to the event's team title. Mercer's three-day total of 883 outpaced second place Stetson by seven strokes and marked the squad's second tournament championship of the academic year.
As a team, Mercer booked three sub-300 rounds to maintain a wire-to-wire lead at the event. Tuesday's 299 combined with team totals of 293 and 291 on Sunday and Monday to outpace 13 other teams in the field. The team also captured the Eat a Peach Collegiate title on September 24, 2012.
"This win gives us a lot of momentum heading into the conference championship," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "We started well, stayed focused in the middle of the tournament and closed the deal."
Fears' third place finish was her third top five placement of the academic year and seventh top five of her collegiate career. After shooting 71 (-1) and 70 (-2) on Sunday and Monday, the Bonaire, Ga. native carded a 77 in the final round to come three strokes shy of tying McNeese State's McKayla Anderson for individual medalist honors.
Junior Mary Alice Murphy posted Mercer's low round of the tournament on Tuesday, shooting 69 (-3) to tie for eighth place at 221. Senior Kaitlin Marrin also tied for eighth place after following an opening round 71 with a pair of a 75's.
In six seasons as Mercer head coach, Guyer has now led the Bears to eight tournament championships, including two titles in each of the last three years.
Mercer returns to action in the aforementioned Atlantic Sun Championship on April 15. The three-day event will be contested at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Jekyll Island, Georgia.