Saint Mary’s places eighth at WashU Spring Invite
Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Saint Mary’s finished eighth out of 12 teams in the Washington University Spring Invite at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in St. Louis this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Belles battled challenging weather and an especially strong wind to shoot a team score of 352, landing them in seventh place. Freshman Taylor Kehoe led Saint Mary’s on the first day, shooting a 15-over-par 85. Other Belles not far behind were senior Sammie Averill, who shot a 17-over 87, and junior captain Courtney Carlson, who shot an 18-over 88. Saint Mary’s also received 22-over 92s from both junior captain Ali Mahoney and sophomore Kelsey Conkright. Senior captain Katie Zielinski also competed as an individual, shooting a 23-over 93.
Despite cutting eighteen strokes off their score from the opening round en route to a team score of 334 on Sunday, the Belles ended up falling one spot to finish the invitational in eighth place. Averill led the Belles with a 9-over 79 on the second day. Kehoe was not far behind, shooting an 11-over 81. Both Averill and Kehoe finished with a two day score of 166, putting them in a tie for 16th place in the tournament. Not far behind for the Belles, Carlson finished the round with a 15-over 85, while Mahoney shot a 19-over 89. Conkright rounded out Saint Mary’s starting five, posting a 23-over 93 Sunday afternoon. Zielinski competed as an individual once again Sunday, finishing with a 93 as well.
No. 2 Rhodes captured the invitational title with a two-day score of 613, 22 strokes better than runner-up Carleton. While the Belles were able to drop eighteen strokes from their score Sunday, they were unable to move up in the standings and finished 73 strokes behind Rhodes. Saint Mary’s will look to improve upon its finish in its next tournament, the Trine Spring Classic at Zollner Golf Club in Angola, Indiana, which starts Friday.