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SMC Golf: Freshmen Belles shine in advance of first match

Brendan Bell | Friday, August 31, 2012

After a successful spring season, Saint Mary’s will look to carry its momentum into the new school year and a new fall golf season.

Belles coach Mark Hamilton said he is optimistic about the team’s future, thanks in part to a strong set of new golfers for the Belles.

“With four first-year players in our top five, you would think it would be hard to forecast the outcome because of the adjustments we have made in the first couple of weeks,” Hamilton said.
“However, in our preseason scrimmage last week versus Bethel and Holy Cross, the entire team performed very well, and I look for that to carry into this week and beyond.”

Among the first year golfers is freshman Claire Boyle, whom Hamilton sees as someone that can make an instant impact for Saint Mary’s.

“Boyle has led our team in every round we have played this fall,” Hamilton said. “She is a special talent, and we expect great scores from her.”

Another new Belles golfer is transfer student and junior Justine Bresnahan.

“Justine has played well and is a great addition to our team,” Hamilton said. “Amanda Graham and Sammie Averill, freshmen, are also in this weekend’s top five.  They are very solid players with bright futures.”

Saint Mary’s has three freshmen in the top five this weekend, which is a strong sign for the future and potential of the team. The Belles are preparing for the Anderson Invitational in Anderson, Ind., this Saturday.

The team has no experience playing on this course, but Hamilton said he believes the Belles will be able to shoot low rounds.

“I have not seen the course so I’m not sure what to expect,” Hamilton said. “Traditionally, it tends to yield lower scores.”

Hamilton said the prediction for rainy weather may have an implication on the tournament, but his team is prepared.

“I have a feeling the rain suits will get a workout with Anderson being in the path of the remnants of the hurricane,” Hamilton said.

Regardless of the weather, the Belles will start the season in Anderson on Saturday, with play concluding on Sunday.

Contact Brendan Bell at bbell2@nd.edu