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SMC Golf: Belles hope for improvement

Tim Singler | Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Saint Mary’s golf team finished sixth out of 10 overall in the O’Brien National Invitational held at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course Sunday and Monday.

The No. 1 Methodist College won the tournament as they finished the two-day event with a combined score 633. Wisconsin-Eau Claire (641) finished second, followed by Allegheny (643), DePauw (646) and Gustavus Adolphus (652).

Saint Mary’s concluded the tournament with a 657-team score.

“We have a few things that we need to work on,” Belles coach Mark Hamilton said. “We will be able to take a lot of positives from it though.”

Methodist’s Paige Caldwell captured the individual medalist honors, shooting 76 and 77 over the two days.

The best score of the tournament came from Allegheny’s Lauren Hilger as she tied the tournament’s lowest score record of 71 Monday.

The Belles were led by senior Mary Kate Boyce, who shot a 76 and 80 for a total of 156 over the two days. This score was good enough for Boyce to finish in second place overall and make the All-Tournament Team.

“She was very solid as usual,” said Hamilton. “She got a little more out of her game.”

Freshman Marin Beagley and Paige Pollak finished in 11th and 27th place respectively. Each golfer provided the consistency that has been evident among the Belles all season.

The Belles will continue with a tough stretch against the top teams as they play in the Fall Preview next weekend at the Mission Inn Resort in Hower-in-the-Hills, Florida.