2016 Fall Recap
- The Belles finished second in the spring MIAA Automatic Qualifying standings.
- The team shot a 320 – the best team score for the program at an MIAA event in five years – to win the last of three MIAA NCAA Automatic Qualifying rounds.
- Ali Mahoney was consistent for the team throughout March and April as she turned in scores of 83 or better in seven of the team’s 10 rounds.
The Saint Mary’s golf team saved their best play for last and aim to use their momentum to build future success. After finishing the fall MIAA season in third place, the Belles were consistently among the top two teams throughout the spring season while posting respectable finishes at some big tournaments in March and April.
The team opened the season with an eighth place finish at the George Fox Invitational during their spring break trip to Arizona. Three weeks later, the Belles had to battle high winds all weekend and matched their previous result with an eighth place finish at the Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invitational.
The elements continued to be unkind to the team, but the Belles played through Mother Nature’s challenges all spring and improved as the weeks passed. Snow, wind, and cold shortened the Trine Spring Classic during the second weekend in April, but the Belles persevered and beat Division II Ferris State by one stroke for second place with a 336. Two weeks later, the Belles earned a respectable 14th place finish at the highly competitive Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling. On day two of that event, the team posted what was then a season-low 326.
Near the end of April, the team showed the rest of the conference that they will be contenders for a title in the fall season after finishing no lower than second in each of the three MIAA NCAA Automatic Qualifier rounds. The team did not have to take a score higher than an 86 in any of the three 18-hole round of play which determined the MIAA’s recipient of the automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Championship event in May as the Belles finished second overall in the final standings. The team shot a 320 – the best team score for the program at an MIAA event in five years – to win the last of three MIAA NCAA Automatic Qualifying rounds.
Individually, several Belles posted strong rounds during the spring campaign. Taylor Kehoe not only led the Belles in the final round of the year as she was the round medalist with a three-over par 75 to tie the 18-hole MIAA course record at the Ravines Golf Club. Ali Mahoney was consistent for the team throughout March and April as she turned in scores of 83 or better in seven of the team’s 10 rounds. Courtney Carlson was one of two players to shoot below a 90 in each round, and Kelsey Conkright emerged as a consistent top-four scorer for the Belles while posting a career-best 79 early in the spring.