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SMC Golf: Belles falter in Kentucky

Alex Barker | Monday, March 31, 2008

Saint Mary’s ran into a speed bump this weekend in its pursuit of a qualifying for a spot in the Div. III National Championship Tournament.

The Belles finished 16th out of 21 teams at the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational tournament this weekend in Perry Park, Ky.

“We made a lot of progress on the second day of play,” Belles coach Mark Hamilton said. “But we still need to improve.”

Captain Katie O’Brien was the leading performer for the Belles, shooting an 86-84, placing her in the top 20 of the individual standings. Freshman Rosie O’Connor also finished with the second best score on the team

The Belles have more than a week off before they compete in the NCAA qualifying tournament.

“The way I see it, we have a week and a half to shave off about 10 strokes from our total before the qualifier tournament,” said Hamilton.

Saint Mary’s will play in the Tri-State Invitational next weekend in Angola, Ind., before playing in the qualifying tournament on April 9.