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Warriors excel on links

SEBRING - Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions, the Webber International University men's and women's golf teams had excellent showings in the 4th annual Warner University Invitational at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Warrior men's team placed second in the 13-team field with a four-person, two-day team total of 589, which was two shots behind first place Faulkner University's 587.

Webber University's Claes Isakson was the overall medalist after rounds of 71-69 -140, Faulkner's Daniel Jansen placed second at 141, Warner's Hikari Yamamoto was third at 144, while Thomas University's Sam Jackson and Webber's Shane Godwin tied at 146.

Host school Warner University came in third at 591, Embry Riddle University was fourth with a 598, Thomas University had a 599, Webber University's gold team had a 625, Tampa University was at 636, Warner's royal squad shot a 637 and Shorter University finished at 647.

Lehigh University won the 10-team women's tournament with a score of 656, Southeastern University came in second place with a 676, Thomas University was third with a 681, Webber International University and Shorter University tied for fourth place at 697 and Warner University finished with a 723.

In the women's individual competition, Thomas University's Jessica Thunberg finished first with a two-day score of 158, Shorter's Claudia Orrantia came in second place with a 159 and Webber University's Savana Fisher, Warner's Angela Gaines and Kelly Moylan of Lehigh tied for third at 160.

Fisher, a former standout on the Sebring High School girls golf team, was the leader after the first round with a 79 and followed up with an 81 over the demanding Deer Run course.

Faulkner University finished at 744, Eckerd College shot a 751, Johnson & Wales University had a 786 and Augustana College finished with a 796.

Lehigh's Crystal Lee finished sixth individually with a score of 164 and teammate Nicole Feierberg came in seventh at 165.

Southeastern University's Cecilia Lamton and Kayla Connors tied at 166 and Lehigh's Alyssa Schyed was at 167.

The 137 players were treated to a well-conditioned golf course and being able to play a challenging course like Deer Run will only help to improve their games.

The staff at Sun 'n Lake do a great job of hosting numerous events like this invitational and are glad to be able to promote the game of golf.

"We're big supporters of college golf at Sun 'n Lake," said Sun 'n Lake professional Andy Kesling. "The course was in great shape and there were some outstanding scores over the two days of play.

"I saw some players who competed on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour when they were younger and it's good to see them moving on to play college golf and getting a quality education."