Belles Move Up to Claim Eleventh at WUSTL Spring Invite
MADISON, Ill. - The Saint Mary's golf team took eleven strokes off of yesterday's score to move up to eleventh place at the conclusion of the Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invitational at Gateway National Golf Links.
NAIA No. 6 William Woods claimed the team title by a single stroke over NCAA Division III No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis with a two-day score of 605 after a 299 on Sunday. Olivia Lugar of Washington University in St. Louis was the individual medalist with a 147 (72-75).
Eight of the ten teams finishing higher than Saint Mary's are currently ranked in the NCAA Division III or NAIA Top 25 Polls. The Belles edged out No. 23 ranked Wisconsin-Stout by a single stroke for eleventh place.
Janice Heffernan continued to lead the Belles at the tournament with a day-two score of 80 to finish the event in a tie for 46th with a 165. Alexi Bown had a consistent tournament with a day two score of 86 after shooting an 85 yesterday to finish tied for 60th.
Paige Pollak made the biggest drop in score from day one to day two for the Belles by cutting seven strokes off of yesterday's round for an 83 today to finish tied for 63rd. Courtney Carlson also improved upon yesterday's score with an 86 to finish with a two-day score of 175 (t-67th). Claire Boyle was the fifth scoring-eligible golfer and turned in a 92 to finish with a share of 79th place (179).
The Belles travel to Ohio Wesleyan's Laura Bump Invitational next weekend, April 12-13, at Mill Creek Golf Course.