Saint Mary’s Golf Team at a Glance
- Eight golfers return to the team this fall with four newcomers.
- Four returning players had better than a 90.0 scoring average last spring.
- The Belles are poised to make a run at the MIAA title this fall.
Coming off of a strong spring season, the Saint Mary’s golf team is poised to make a run for the top spot in the MIAA during the 2016-17 year. Ali Mahoney, Courtney Carlson, Kelsey Conkright, Kaitlyn Cartone, and Taylor Kehoe all made contributions to the team’s success a season ago and will be looked upon to lead the way in the year ahead.
Mahoney and Carlson return as leaders both on and off the course for the Belles. The pair served as team captains during their junior year, and both were consistent scorers for the team last year. Mahoney, a three-time All-MIAA honoree, and Carlson competed in each of the team’s rounds in 2015-16 while each posted better than an 85.0 scoring average.
Conkright and Cartone emerged as strong contributors during their sophomore season. Conkright continued to improve throughout the year to become a regular in the scoring lineup for the Belles last spring. Cartone had one of the team’s best scoring averages last fall before spending the spring semester studying abroad in Rome.
Kehoe is coming off a stellar first year with the Belles golf program after leading the team in scoring average during her freshman season. In the final round of the spring, she tied a conference course record while turning in the team’s lowest round of the year with a 75 as the team won the final MIAA NCAA Qualifying Round of the year.
Lydia Lorenc, Courtney Quinlan, and Isabella Speedon return to the squad and will all aim to make contributions to the team’s success in the year ahead. Four newcomers – Emily Besler, Kaitlyn Gray, Julia McAlindon, and Lauren Read – join the ranks and are likely to vie for a spot in the top five for the Belles.
The season kicks off on Friday, August 26 when the team competes in the Cross Town Rivalry at Erskine Golf Course on South Bend’s south side. On Friday, the Belles will embark upon their first match play competition as they square off against Bethel at Juday Creek. The first conference round of the year is September 19 as Albion hosts the opening 18 holes of MIAA competition at the Medalist Golf Club.