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SMC Golf: Belles finish 11th at Northern Kentucky Invitational

Becki Dorner | Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Saint Mary’s turned in an overall score of 674 and finished 11th out of 17 teams last weekend at the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational.

The Belles turned in a solid team performance on the 5,983 yard, par-72 course, despite dealing with cold weather and snow during their rounds on Saturday.

Saint Mary’s senior Megan Mattia led the Belles with a two-day 161 (17-over par). She shot an 82 on the first day and a 79 on the second day – good enough for 30th place in a field of 91 golfers.

“We played well this weekend,” Mattia said. “We beat a couple division two teams and a division one team, which is always fun.”

Saint Mary’s displayed its depth with contributions from sophomore Katie O’Brien and freshman Alex Sei, in addition to strong performances by three seniors that allowed them to finish higher than several Division I teams, including Dayton.

Drury’s Tonya Choate was the medalist of the weekend. She was the only player in the field who finished under par (143, one-under par). Bolstered by Choate’s score, Drury finished with a first-place 626, 40-over par. Second place Ferris State trailed Drury by four strokes.

The other Belles’ tallies this weekend were O’Brien’s 169 (49th place), Nicole Bellino’s 171 (56th), Kirsten Fantom’s 175 (63rd place) and Sei’s 177 (66th place).

O’Brien said the team has been putting in a lot of hard work that is starting to pay dividends.

“I am very proud of the team and look forward to what our future as a team holds,” O’Brien said.

The Belles have a chance to improve their season when they travel to Capital University in Lockbourne, Ohio for a two-day tournament Friday and Saturday.