Belles Cut Score, Finish Sixth at Phoenix Invitational


PEORIA, Ariz. - The Saint Mary's golf team took 24 strokes off of their score from yesterday's round to finish with a 322 on Saturday, matching the third-best team score of the day.

Every member of the team improved upon their score from Friday to Saturday's round. The 322 is also the lowest score to date of the 2012-13 year for the golf team.

The Belles' two-day score of 688 gave Saint Mary's the sixth-place finish. Sixth-ranked George Fox won the Phoenix Invitational, which they were hosting at the Westbrook Village Golf Course, with a 611 after a 306. Second-ranked Washington University in St. Louis was second with a 633 after shooting a 633 after matching the Belles' score of 322 on Saturday.

George Fox's Kelsey Morrison was the medalist after another one-over par 72 on Saturday for a two-day score of 144.

The Belles were led by Paige Pollak, who finished tied for ninth individually overall after matching her collegiate low round score of 77 for a two-day score of 160. Janice Heffernan cut 11 strokes off of her score from yesterday as she broke into the 70s for the first time in her collegiate career with a 79 to finish with a 169 (t-27). Alexi Bown turned in a round of 83 to match Heffernan's two-day score of 169 (t-27).

Anna-Marie Gainey added an 83 on Saturday, which matched her lowest round from the fall, to finish with a 170 (t-30). Claire Boyle carded an 86 for the two-day total of 176 (t-35). Jessica Kinnick shot a 90 to finish the tournament with a 181 (39).

The Belles will be away from competition for a few weeks and return to play at the Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invitational, which runs April 6-7.