September 12, 2011

Lady Saints in 8th Place at Smoky Mountain Invitational

Contact: Steve Cunha,

SEVIERVILLE, TN – After the first round of the 2011 Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament played on the par 70 Highlands Course at The Golf Club of Sevierville, the North Georgia women's golf team sits in eighth place with a team score of 378.

Host Carson-Newman and Shorter University are tied atop the team leaderboard with a score of 315. Following them is Peach Belt Conference member Columbus State with an aggregate score of 321.

The Lady Saints shot a combined 378, lead by junior Catalina Olarte's 14-over-par 84. Monday's round leaves North Georgia eight shots behind West Georgia, and 39 shots ahead of ninth place St. Andrew's.

The University of West Florida's Camila Sevillano holds the lead after she shot a six-over-par 76. Sevillano sits two shots ahead of four other golfers including two players each from Carson-Newman and Shorter University.

Olarte shot a 42 on both the front and back nine to pace the Lady Saints leaving her in a tie for 23rd place, while freshman Abbey Gill shot a 21-over-par 91 in the first round of her collegiate career. Gill matched Olarte on the back, shooting a 42 on the back nine after shooting a 49 on the front. Gill sits in a tie for 37th heading into day two.

The other two members of North Georgia to score after the opening round of the 2011-12 season were sophomores Casey Truelove and Erica Breeden. Truelove shot a 28-over-par 98, while Breeden added a 35-over-par 105. Truelove holds sole possession of 47th place, while Breeden is in a tie for 50th place.

The second and final day of the two-round 36-hole Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13. The 2011 Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament features a nine-team field, including three from the Peach Belt Conference.