Belles in Eighth After Day One of O'Brien National Invitational

Day One Results

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - In one of the most highly-competitive NCAA Division III golf tournaments outside the national championship, the fifth-ranked Saint Mary's golf team is currently in a tie for eighth place after the first day of the O'Brien National Invitational.

Top-ranked Methodist and #8 Centre are currently tied for first place after scores of 315. Second-ranked DePauw is in third place with a 317. Five players shot 76s on the day to all hold a share of first place - Whitney Miller (Centre), Kelsie Carrelero (Methodist), Jennifer Sullivan (Methodist), Kelsey Morrison (George Fox), and Sarah Vorder Bruegge (Allegheny). The Belles and #3 Gustavus Adolphus both turned in team scores of 338 to tie for eighth.

Leading the Belles were junior Cara Kielty and sophomore Doyle O'Brien with matching scores of 83 (t-24th). Kielty had a pair of birdies coming on the par four 7th and par four 13th. O'Brien, meanwhile, added a birdie on the par four 16th hole.

Just two strokes behind Kielty and O'Brien was Natalie Matuszak. The senior had a birdie on the par four 12th hole and eight pars to finish with an 85 (t-32). Freshman Janice Heffernan rounded out the Belles' team score of 338 as she carded an 87 (t-43rd). Senior Christine Brown was the fifth scoring-eligible golfer for Saint Mary's, and she turned in a 93 (t-59th) on the day.

Junior Jessica Kinnick played as an individual and shot a 91 to hold a share of 53rd.

The two-day tournament will wrap up tomorrow at the University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course beginning at 8:00 a.m.