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SMC Golf: Squad to compete in first MIAA qualifier

Joe Meixell | Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Saint Mary’s will compete in the first MIAA qualifier of the spring season Wednesday.

The Belles have their eyes set on getting off to good start and putting themselves into position to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

After the qualifiers are over, the top team in the standings will represent the MIAA in the national championship event in Iowa May 14-16.

The Belles finished third in the MIAA during the fall season but will try to use the momentum from their spring season success to push them to the top of the standings.

In their last tournament, the Tri-State Invitational, the Belles finished well, placing third out of ten teams.

Tri-State, who finished second in the MIAA in the fall, finished 11 strokes behind Saint Mary’s in fifth place.

In the fall, the Belles had to count on senior Katie O’Brien to single-handedly lead the team.

Now, others have begun to step up and place well individually.

Freshman sensation Rosie O’Connor has used the spring to show-off her improvements from the fall season. O’Connor has shot near or better than O’Brien in the Belles’ last two tournaments.

Freshmen Emily Gore and Junior Perri Hamma have also been playing much better taking 11th and 25th respectively in the Tri-State Invitational.