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Belles take fifth at Invite

Anne Loughery | Wednesday, April 7, 2004

The Belles walked off the course with a collective sense of frustration at the Quincy College Invitational. But coach Mark Hamilton is encouraged by their impatience in regards to the meet’s results.”It shows that they have the desire to do well and play their best,” Hamilton said. Saint Mary’s recorded a fifth-place finish, posting a team two-day total of 698. Indiana was the top finisher with a 649. Junior Stefanie Simmerman led the Belles with a ninth-place finish, followed by Julia Adams at 13th, Liz Hanlon at 18th, Chrissy Dunham at 20th and Nicole Bellino at 21st. Sunday proved to be the better of the two-day invitational for the Belles. The team recorded a total of 346 strokes, with each of the players keeping their scores below 90. Bellino and Hanlon each posted 88, Dunham shot 87, Adams registered 86 and Simmerman recorded an 85. Sophomore Kirsten Fantom also scored a 101, although her results were not factored in the overall team results. “We were a little inconsistent [on Sunday],” Hamilton said. “We were all in the 80’s, but unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of 80.”The second day seemed to be more of a challenge for Saint Mary’s, with the lineup posting a total of 352. “We’re still trying to put some solid scores together so we can physically and mentally peak at the NCAA championship,” Hamilton said. Simmerman bested her first day score by two strokes at 83. Adams logged an 86 and Hanlon finished with an 88. Hamilton cited Hanlon as an individual who is starting to realize her potential. Chrissy Dunham shot a 95, and Bellino walked off the course with a 95.