Golf at Southwestern Invite - Day Two
Matuszak, O'Connor Anchor Southwestern Invite Title for Belles
Day Two Results (pdf)
GEORGETOWN, Texas - After battling 40 mph winds in day one of the Southwestern Invitational, the #10 Saint Mary's golf team hit their stride on a nearly perfect Tuesday by shooting a 305 to clinch the two-day tournament title.
The Belles took 40 strokes off of yesterday's score of 345 to win the tournament with their two-day score of 650 (345-305). The University of Texas at Tyler finished second with a 663. Mary Hardin-Baylor finished third with a score of 668.
Natalie Matuszak and Rosie O'Connor shared tournament medalist honors with LeTourneau's Leslie Lee as the three all had scores of 161 at the conclusion of the event. Matuszak was one of just two players to shoot a 75 on Tuesday for the lowest single round of the tournament. The junior had an even-par 36 on the front nine and was +3 on the back nine for the lowest 18-hole score of her collegiate career thus far.
O'Connor was neck-and-neck with Matuszak throughout the weekend. She finished the back nine with a one-under 35 for the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament on her way to a 76. The senior had a tournament-best six birdies, four of which came today. She birdied par three #11, par five #16, and par four #17 on her way to the 35 on the back nine. Her 76 is also the lowest 18-hole score of her collegiate career.
Doyle O'Brien had the most consistent weekend of the team as she finished with an 84 on Tuesday for a two-day score of 167 (83-84). Her score was good enough for a share of tenth place overall. The freshman had pars on #15, #16, #17, and #18 to cap off a 39 on the back nine.
Mary Kate Boyce and Marin Beagley, meanwhile, joined Matuszak and O'Connor with sub-80 rounds on Tuesday. Boyce was the only other player than Matuszak to shoot a 75 on either day of the tournament, finishing tied for 14th with a 169. Beagley carded a 79 for the Belles and finished tied for 18th with a two-day score of 170.
Cara Kielty and Christine Brown, who were playing as individuals, shot rounds of 83 and 89 on Tuesday. Kielty finished in 24th (91-83--174) while Brown was 37th (93-89--182).
The Belles will next compete on April 14 at the Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Michigan. The round is the first of three MIAA NCAA qualifying rounds which will determine the team that will receive the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Championships in May.