Shelby Coyle, a South Florida-grown golfer out of Pembroke Pines, brought in another honor to a season filled with many of them for the FIU women’s golf team.
Coyle, a sophomore, was named the Sun Belt Golfer of the Month as the Panthers, coached by Joe Vogel, closed out their fall season.
The Golfer of the Month honor was the second in a row for FIU with freshman Meghan MacLaren, from England, being named the previous month. It also was the second time Coyle has earned the award, being named once in 2011.
For the fall, the FIU team had one of its finest seasons, playing in four tournaments and winning team and individual titles in three of them. The Panthers came in fourth in the other tournament.
Coyle picked a scenic location, the Hawaiian island of Oahu, to capture her most recent title. She led after each round with a total of 218 on consistent rounds of 72-73-73 while playing in the second annual Rainbow Wahine Invitational on the Leilehua Golf Course. She tied with Eastern Michigan’s Vanessa Johnson after regulation and then went on to win the playoff with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole.
FIU will return to competition Feb. 25-26 in the University of Maryland’s Sir Pizza Challenge.
University of Miami fans can play golf with some of the school’s all-time top athletes when the 20th annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament is held Friday at Miami International Links/Melreese Country Club.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon.
Foursomes are $800, and single golfers are $200 per player.
The entry fee includes golf, a post-tournament dinner, a goody bag and refreshments on the course.
Corporate sponsorships are available for $1,000, which includes a tee sign.
For more information, golfers can contact UM Sports Hall of Fame executive director John Routh at 305-284-2775, or go to UMSportsHallofFame.com.
Florida schools continue to impress in the college rankings.
In Division I, the University of Florida is No. 5 in the nation in both the men’s and women’s rankings.
Meanwhile, in Division II, Nova Southeastern of Broward and Barry University of Miami-Dade continue their season-long battle. Nova is ranked No. 1 nationally, and Barry is No. 2.
Those same two schools are also closely ranked in women’s Division II with Nova No. 1 and Barry No. 3.
• Champions Tour’s national qualifying finals are scheduled through Friday at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs. There is a field of 78.
• Ben Silverman of Palm Beach Gardens survived a bogey on the last hole for a one-stroke victory in a Golfslinger.com Tour event at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation.