Top-ranked Lynn places four in top 10 to win first Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. -- It was another good day on the links for Lynn as it claimed its first victory at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, and sixth consecutive of the season. Four members of the Fighting Knights placed in the top 10, highlighted by Samantha Smolen’s runner-up finish and Jessica Bradley’s team-best seventh top-10 of the year.
Heading into the final day of competition leading by 12 strokes, the Blue & White managed a 303 for a 903 overall total score. Florida Tech (913) leap-frogged host Rollins (922) for second with a tournament-low 294 while fellow Sunshine State Conference schools Nova Southeastern (940) and Barry (944) settled for fourth and fifth.
Lynn has been participating in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational since 1999. Its previous best finish came in 2013 when it claimed second overall. Prior to 2013, the Fighting Knights had only claimed one top-three finish at the PKB Invite.
Smolen was looking to pick up her second consecutive tournament win but a 75-over the last 18-holes pushed her three strokes behind Johanna Larsson of Florida Tech, who shot a tournament-low 70. She fired a 221 total for her sixth top-10 finish this season.
Bradley was the low golfer on the day for Lynn, shooting a 74 to end the 54-hole competition with a 225 total. She claimed fifth place outright. Louise Manalo and Ellen Chambers shared eighth place together, each carding scores of 230, while Irene Calvo shot her best round of the tournament to close with a 240.