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TCU's Emmy Martin wins Harder Hall by five-strokes
Emmy Martin during Harder Hall play <br>(Photo Courtesy of the Harder Hall Invitational)
Emmy Martin during Harder Hall play
(Photo Courtesy of the Harder Hall Invitational)

SEBRING, FL (January 7, 2017) -- Despite heavy rain late in the final round TCU junior Emmy Martin was able to finish off a wire-to-wire victory at the Harder Hall Invitational. Martin closed with a strong 1-under 35 back nine to finish 2-under and comfortably ahead of runner-up Annabell Fuller after four days of play at Harder Hall Golf Club.

Martin, the 2016 Harder Hall runner-up, struggled heading out on Saturday with a 3-over 38 but recovered nicely to close with a two birdie, one bogey back nine. The back nine birdies for Martin came on Nos. 13 and 16. For the week Martin combined rounds of 72-71-69-74.

"I am so very proud and happy for Emmy," TCU women's golf head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin told TCU Athletics. "She has worked extremely hard and overcome much adversity that this crazy game of golf throws at you. It is such a joy to see her become so mentally tough. Her focus and determination are off the charts."

With a current scoring average of 72.9 Martin is on pace to set a new program mark and she also closed her fall season with two consecutive top-10 finishes.

Annabell Fuller of England finished second with a 3-over tally. Her best round came during Thursday's second round when she shot a 1-under 71.

Mid-amateur and former Florida State Golf Association Player of the Year Tara Joy-Connelly ended up third at 4-over, second round co-leader Michaela Williams (Tennessee) was fourth at 7-over while first round co-leader Latanna Stone, Amanda Doherty and Ariadna Fonseca (Kansas) shared fifth at 8-over.

Ohio State senior and defending champion Jessica Porvasnik faded Saturday with an 8-over 80 that left her in eighth place.

-TCU Athletics contributed to this story

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ABOUT THE Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational

Formerly known as the Harder Hall Invitational, this is a four-day no cut stroke play tournament for women amateurs. It was played at Harder Hall CC for more than 65 years, but in 2021 it moves to a rotation of courses on the Citrus Golf Trail in Sebring, Florida. The illustrious list of past champions includes the current world #1 Nelly Korda; Hall-of-Famer Joanne Carner; LPGA stars Christie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis and Charley Hull; amateur legends Carol Semple Thompson and Meghan Stasi; and two members of the winning 2021 Curtis Cup Team, Emilia Migliaccio and Gina Kim. It has long drawn an international field and has three Divisions: the Championship Division, the Forever 49 Division (max index 16.4) and the Ben Roman Division (indexes from 7.0 to 24.4). It is the first of the "Orange Blossom" series of Florida winter tournaments.

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