Golf Recap

2015 Fall Recap

The Saint Mary’s golf team proved to be a threat in the conference and beyond during the fall 2015 season. The Belles finished in fourth place or higher at seven of their eight competitions and claimed a pair of first place finishes.

The season was one of continued and regular improvement for the team and the individuals making up the Belles squad. The scoring average continued to drop as Saint Mary’s gained confidence and experience throughout the fall.

Saint Mary’s made a quick move up the leaderboard in the conference standings through the first three rounds of MIAA play in the fall. After claiming fourth place at the Olivet Jamboree, the team tied for third at Kalamazoo before winning the Calvin Jamboree with a 333. A second place finish later that same week at Trine put the Belles within striking distance of the league’s top tier.

At the MIAA End of Season Weekend Jamboree, the team matched their best score of the season on day one with a 325 to tie for first place and close the gap between themselves and Olivet for the conference’s second place spot. A third place finish on day two, however, saw the Belles claim third place in the final conference standings. With that finish, Saint Mary’s will compete in the spring against Hope, Olivet, and Trine for the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The three AQ rounds will be hosted at the end of April by Hope and Olivet.

Sammie Averill capped off a stellar conference season with an 80 on Saturday to finish one stroke ahead of a golfer from Hope for MIAA Season Medalist honors. Averill became the eighth golfer in program history to earn MIAA Most Valuable Golfer accolades for posting the lowest adjusted scoring average. The senior also earned All-MIAA First Team honors in addition to her season medalist recognition. Ali Mahoney earned a spot on the All-MIAA Second Team for posting one of the 12-lowest scores in league play this fall.

In addition to Averill and Mahoney, Taylor Kehoe, Courtney Carlson, Kaitlyn Cartone, and Katie Zielinski all posted scoring averages below 90.0 to help the Belles to a successful season. Averill, Mahoney, and Kehoe each carded at least one round in the 70s led by Mahoney’s 74 on day two of the O’Brien National Invitational.