Belles in Seventh After First Day of O'Brien National Invitational
- Ali Mahoney and Taylor Kehoe led the Belles with 80s
- Courtney Carlson (83) and Kaitlyn Cartone (85) wrapped up the team score
- Rachel Kim matched her collegiate career-low round with an 86
GRANGER, Ind. - The Saint Mary's golf team shot a solid 328 to hold sole possession of seventh place after day one of the O'Brien National Invitational.
Wittenberg leads the field after a blistering tournament record 292 on day one at the event hosted by the Belles at Knollwood Country Club. George Fox is in second place with a 313, and Huntingdon and Texas-Tyler are tied for third with matching scores of 320. Wittenberg's Allie Lawwill turned in the low individual score of the day with an even-par 72.
Ali Mahoney and Taylor Kehoe led the Belles on Sunday afternoon as they each shot rounds of 80 to sit in a tie for 19th place individually. Mahoney had a pair of birdies and was tied for the lead in par five scoring on the day. Kehoe also added a pair of birdies and shot even on par five holes in the round.
Courtney Carlson shot an 83 to finish tied for 31st, and Kaitlyn Cartone wrapped up the team score with an 85 (t-39th). Carlson shared team-high honors for pars on Sunday with nine, and Cartone had a team-high three birdies on the afternoon. Sammie Averill was the fifth golfer in the Belles' lineup and shot an 89 (t-51st).
Rachel Kim led a group of Belles competing as individuals at the tournament with an 86 (t-44th), which matches her career-low score. The junior had nine pars and had even scoring on par five holes on Sunday. Kelsey Conkright shot an 89 to hold a share of 51st place. Isabella Speedon turned in a 90 to tie for 55th. Lydia Lorenc and Katie Zielinski each carded 91s to tie for 57th. Patty Meza shot a 95 for 61st, and Courtney Quinlan had a 99 (t-62nd) to round out the Saint Mary's efforts on the day.
The second and final day of the tournament starts at 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at Knollwood Country Club's East Course tomorrow morning.