Golf Outlook

Spring 2016

Saint Mary’s Golf Team at a Glance

  • Eight golfers return to the team this spring with two additional Belles studying abroad.
  • Five players had better than a 90.0 scoring average in the fall.
  • Contributed eight individual scores in the 70s in the fall.

After finishing third in the MIAA this past fall, the Belles have their sights set on competing for the conference’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championship in May.

In order to make that goal a reality, the team will rely on both veteran experience and young talent. Sammie Averill is coming off the best season of her career and aims to continue that trend into the spring. Fellow senior Katie Zielinski has been a consistent contributor and will be looked toward for her leadership and play in 2016.

Ali Mahoney, Courtney Carlson, and Taylor Kehoe were all key to the team’s success last fall. The trio all posted scoring averages below 84.0 during the fall 2015 season. Mahoney had three rounds in the 70s, Kehoe added a 79 early in the season, and Carlson shot below 90 in each of the team’s 12 rounds of play. Kelsey Conkright, Courtney Quinlan, and Isabella Speedon, meanwhile, are all vying for top-five spots on the team.

Saint Mary’s has four tournaments to prepare for a season-ending push to win the MIAA bid to nationals. The team opens up the season in Arizona over spring break at the George Fox Invitational on March 12 and 13. The Belles square off against solid competition at Washington University in St. Louis, Trine, and Illinois Wesleyan before the MIAA AQ rounds in late April.