Belles Finish Eighth at George Fox Invitational


  • Taylor Kehoe and Kelsey Conkright shot 79s on Sunday.
  • Kehoe, Courtney Carlson, Katie Zielinski, and Ali Mahoney made up the team's 327.
  • Five of the eight Belles competing improved their scores from yesterday.

PEORIA, Ariz. - The Saint Mary's golf team shaved eight strokes off of their score from Saturday to shoot a 327 and finish in eighth place overall at the George Fox Invitational on Sunday at the Westbrook Village Golf Club.

Third-ranked host George Fox won the event by a stroke with a 596 over ninth-ranked Texas at Tyler. Sixth-ranked Redlands was third with a 603. George Fox's Sydney Maluenda and Amberlynn Dorsey from Redlands tied for overall tournament medalist with two-day scores of 142.

Five of the eight golfers competing both for the team and individually for the Belles improved upon their scores from yesterday's round to today. Taylor Kehoe and Courtney Carlson helped lead the way on Sunday. Kehoe shot two-over par on the front nine - including a birdie on the par three seventh hole - while turning in 11 pars on the day for a 79. The freshman finished the tournament with a two-day score of 160 to hold a share of 21st overall. Carlson was three over on the back nine and shot no worse than a double-bogey on any hole with an 80. Her two-day score was 167 for 33rd place.

Katie Zielinski cut six strokes off yesterday's score and had an 83 on Sunday. She posted seven pars and had just one double-bogey. Zielinski finished 41st with her two-day score of 172. Ali Mahoney rounded out the team score in the final round with an 85. The junior carded seven pars and did not have any scores above a double-bogey on any hole. Her combined score of 165 was good enough for a share of 30th place overall.

Sammie Averill was the fifth scoring-eligible golfer in the lineup for the Belles at the tournament. The senior shot an 87 on day two with seven pars. Her two-day score of 173 put her in a tie for 42nd overall.

Kelsey Conkright turned in the best round of her collegiate career thus far with a 79 while competing as an individual. The sophomore was three-over par on the back nine with a birdie on the par five 18th hole. She had only one double-bogey on the day and nine pars. Her two-day score of 168 put her in a tie for 34th place overall.

Courtney Quinlan and Isabella Speedon also competed as individuals in the tournament. Quinlan took 15 strokes off yesterday's score with an 89 for her best round of her young collegiate career. The freshman posted five pars on Sunday and finished in 47th place with a final score of 193. Speedon equaled yesterday's score of 90 with another 90 on Sunday. She had three pars and finished tied for 44th overall with a two-day score of 180.

The Belles are off from competition for the next two weeks and are back in action on April 2-3 when they participate in the Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invitational at the Gateway National Golf Links.