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SMC Golf: Belles defend Purple and White Championship

Becki Dorner | Friday, March 31, 2006

The Belles will look to defend their championship at the Purple and White Invitational, hosted by Capital University this weekend at the Foxfire Golf Club in Lockbourne, Ohio.

The Belles shot a tournament record 357 as a team last year to defeat 12 other teams at the Players Club Course.

Capital University comes into the meet off a win last weekend, shooting a total of 352 to triumph over Ohio Northern by two strokes. The Crusaders were led by Charissa Mills on Sunday who fired a team-best 85 to tie for third-place, while Emma Stowe was two strokes behind with an 87.

The meet begins Friday morning at the Players Club Course before moving to the Foxfire course on Saturday for the final round.

Megan Mattia, last season’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) most valuable player, will look to improve on her top-20 finish at the tournament last year.

Mattia and the Belles finished 11th in cold and snowy conditions last weekend at the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational.

Mattia led the Belles with an 82 on day one and a 79 on day two for a total of 161 (+17) -good enough to earn her 30th place in the 91-golfer field. The Belles showed off their young talent with contributions from a sophomore – Katie O’Brien with a score of 169 in 49th place and a freshman – Alex Sei with a score of 177 for 66th place and finished ahead of Division I Dayton.

In addition to Mattia, the other two seniors made big contributions. Nicole Bellino had a score of 171 good enough for 56th place and Kirsten Fantom had a score of 175 for 63rd place.

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