Belles Finish Eighth at O'Brien National Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The fifteenth-ranked Saint Mary's golf team finished in eighth place at the O'Brien National Invitational at the Warren Golf Course on Monday.
The Belles finished ahead of eighth-ranked Gustavus Adolphus and fourteenth-ranked Whitman in a field of teams all ranked within the top 15 in NCAA Division III women's golf. The top-ranked and fifteen-time defending national champion Methodist University won the event with a two day score of 633 (318-315). Fifth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis finished second with a two day total of 640 (321-319).
George Fox University's Kelsey Morrison was the individual champion after rounds of 73 and 76 (149). DePauw University's Kelsey Smith set a new tournament record with a two-under 70 on Monday to finish in second place individually.
The Belles were led by a pair of 82s on the day by Amanda Graham and Claire Boyle. Graham finished tied for 21st overall with her round of 83 yesterday and tied for second in par 3 scoring. Boyle took a team-best seven strokes off her score from yesterday's round to finish with a two-day score of 171 (t-34th).
The Saint Mary's scores were consistent overall as Justine Bresnahan had the same two-day score as Graham and Paige Pollak's two-day total matched Boyle's. Bresnahan shot an 85 on Monday for a 165 for the tournament and a share of 21st place. Pollak turned in an 89 for a 171 in the two-day event (t-34th). Janice Heffernan was the Belles' fifth scoring eligible golfer and had a 95 (87--182) to finish tied for 53rd place.
Alexi Bown led a group of five Belles playing as individuals in the tournament with an 89 on Monday for a two-day score of 177 (t-44th). Jessica Kinnick had a 91 for a final score of 183 (t-55th). Annie McGlone shot a 92 on Monday for a two-day total of 185 (59th). Anna-Marie Gainey cut two strokes off her score from yesterday with a 92 on Monday for a 186 (t-60th). Sammie Averill rounded out the Saint Mary's efforts with a 98 for a two-day score of 194 (63rd).
The Belles open up conference competition this week as they travel to the Medalist Golf Club on Thursday, September 20. The first of six 18-hole MIAA rounds this fall is hosted by Olivet and is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.