Belles Claim Fourteenth at Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling


  • Taylor Kehoe led the Belles with a 78 on Sunday.
  • Sammie Averill posted an 82.
  • Ali Mahoney and Courtney Carlson wrapped up the team's 326 with matching 83s.

NORMAL, Ill. - The Saint Mary's golf team shaved 13 strokes off of yesterday's score with a 326 on Sunday to move up to fourteenth place at the Illinois Wesleyan Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling.

Indiana Tech and Illinois Wesleyan tied for the tournament title with matching two-day scores of 614. DePauw University was third with a 619. Saint Mary's had a two-day score of 657. Grinnell's Vrishali Sinha was the tournament medalist after turning in a 70 on Sunday for a two-day total of 144.

Taylor Kehoe led the Belles on Sunday with a six-over par 78. The freshman had just one double bogey and birdied the par five 11th hole while posting 11 pars on the day. Her two-day score of 162 put her in a tie for 39th overall. Sammie Averill had a seven-stroke improvement with an 82 on Sunday. She had ten pars and finished tied for 79th with a final score of 171.

Ali Mahoney and Courtney Carlson wrapped up the team score with matching rounds of 83 on day two. Mahoney had a birdie on par five No. 7 while carding eight pars. The junior finished tied for 53rd with a 165. Carlson, meanwhile, posted back-to-back birdies on par four 14 and 15 while recording six pars. Her two-day score of 170 gave her a share of 74th. Kelsey Conkright was the fifth golfer in the lineup for the Belles and shot an 87 with a birdie on the par four first hole to go along with five pars. Conkright finished 84th overall with a two-day score of 173.

The Belles have a week and a half to prepare for the MIAA Spring Automatic Qualifier rounds, which begin on Wednesday, April 26. The first round is hosted by Olivet at the Medalist Golf Course.