2015 Spring Recap
The Belles showed continued improvement throughout the cold and wet spring season in 2015.
The team kicked off the spring in a more favorable climate by taking part in the annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational in Georgia over spring break. The squad held steady at the highly-competitive tournament and placed 15th after posting their best score in the final round with a 340.
Two weeks later, the Belles moved up from day one to day two with a 13th place finish in a field with several nationally-ranked programs at the Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invitational. The squad continued to gain momentum in the final tune-up before the three MIAA rounds which determined the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championship. The Belles cut 26 strokes off day one’s score to match their spring season-low score of 340 on day two at the Trine Spring Classic while finishing in a tie for fifth place.
As the calendar moved to mid-April, the Belles opened the MIAA portion of their spring schedule at the Medalist Golf Club for the first of three 18-hole rounds played for the conference’s AQ to the national tournament. The team turned in a 365 that day and finished fourth heading into the two rounds hosted by fall MIAA champion Hope.
The first round hosted by the Flying Dutch was canceled in the middle of play due to rain and poor course conditions. The Belles made up some ground against their conference competition with a solid 348 in the made-up round four days later. Playing on a quick turnaround and returning to the Ravines Golf Club less than 24-hours, the team shaved off three more strokes and turned in a 345 for fourth place in their final round of the season.
Janice Heffernan continued to lead the Belles by posting a team-best 87.6 scoring average in her final season. Courtney Carlson, Kaitlyn Cartone, Kelsey Conkright, and Katie Zielinski all cut down their stroke averages from the fall to the spring. Zielinski saw an improvement of more than four strokes (88.7) from the fall while Conkright, Cartone, and Carlson each took two or more strokes off of their averages. Lydia Lorenc, meanwhile, held steady by posting the same scoring average this spring as she did in the fall season for the Belles.