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SMC Golf: Belles stand out before departing

Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saint Mary’s traveled to the Phoenix Invitational at the Westbrook Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz., over the weekend. The No. 26 Belles turned in a stellar performance on day one but had to leave to catch their flight before completing play on the second and final day of competition.

After the first day of competition the Belles had shot a 331, good for third place going into the second round. Saint Mary’s trailed behind two top-notch opponents – No. 2 Washington University with a 294 and No. 7 George Fox with a 295.

Senior captain Natalie Matuszak led the Belles with a 79 on the first day, along with freshman Janice Heffernan and sophomore Paige Pollak, who both turned in rounds of 82. Senior Christine Brown added an 88 and junior Jessica Kinnick rounded out the scoring with a 90. Sophomore Alexi Brown played as an individual, but tallied an impressive 84.

The second day of the tournament saw Washington fall to George Fox, who fired a 299 on day two to claim the team title with a final score of 595.

Saint Mary’s will return to action April 9-10 at the Southwestern Invitational in Georgetown, Texas.