October 25, 2011

Lady Saints Finish 18th at Flagler Fall Slam

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - The North Georgia women's golf team followed up an opening round aggregate score of 355 with a 349 to finish 18th at the 2011 Flagler Fall Slam, contested at the par-72 Marsh Creek Country Club.

The Lady Saints wrapped up their fall season with a two-round total of 704 (355-349) leaving them at 128-over-par for the tournament.

As a team, North Georgia recorded three birdies and 63 pars, while finishing 13 shots behind 17th place Montevallo and a comfortable 36 shots ahead of 19th place Tampa.

In the final round, Lynn held off a surging Carson-Newman to capture a two-shot victory. Barry finished in third with USC Beaufort and host Flagler rounding out the top five.

The 20-team field included five Peach Belt schools. Flagler led the way finishing fifth, with Columbus State finishing ninth, Armstrong in 10th, Montevallo in 17th and North Georgia in 18th.

Samantha Smollen of Lynn earned individual honors, edging teammate Jessica Bradley by one stroke with a two-round total of 149 (73-76). Smollen finished the 2011 Flagler Fall Slam at five-over-par, while Bradley (74-76) finished at six-over-par.

Behind the two Fighting Knights were Kendra Collins of USC Beafort, Emee Herbert of Tusculum and Carson-Newman's Louise McGillavray and Erica Ray who all tied for third place shooting seven-over-par 151 for the tournament.

As was their custom in the fall, North Georgia improved their second round score by six strokes. The young Lady Saints continue grow and were once again led by the lone upperclassmen on the squad, junior Catalina Olarte.

Olarte followed up an opening seven-over-par 79, with a 15-over-par 87. Olarte recorded a team-high 20 pars and two of the team's three birdies. Olarte began her second round with a string of six straight pars and she heads into the spring with a team-best stroke average of 80.1. Olarte's two-round total of 166 (79-87) left in a tie for 49th in the 105-person field.

Casey Truelove was the only other Lady Saint to register a birdie at the 36-hole tournament. Truelove recorded her lone birdie in the first round on the par-3, 126-yard fourth hole. In the opening round she shot a 20-over-par 92 and followed that up with a 13-over-par 85. Truelove's two-round total of 177 left her in a tie for 80th place. She wrapped the fall season with a stroke average of 88.7.

Abbey Gill continued her strong fall campaign, firing a final round 14-over-par 86. In the opening round Gill carded a 22-over-par 94. For the tournament, Gill recorded 13 pars. Heading into the spring championship season Gill has a stroke average of 88.3. Her two-round total of 180 left her in tie for 85th place.

As she has done all fall, sophomore Erica Breeden improved her first round score, carding a final round 19-over-par 91. In the opening round of tournament Breeden struggled to find her stride, firing a 27-over-par 99. Breeden recorded nine pars and finishes the fall with a stroke average of 91. Her tournament total of 190 left her in a tie for 94th place with teammate LeeAnn Noble.

Noble followed up an opening round score of an 18-over-par 90 with a 28-over-par 100. Noble ended her fall with 10 pars for the tournament and has a stroke average of 95.2.

The Flagler Fall slam was contested at the par-72 Marsh Creek Country Club that features 6,062 yards with a course rating of 73.9 and a slope rating of 140. The course was designed by Mark McCumber and opened in 1988.

This was the last tournament during the fall campaign for the Lady Saints. They return to the links after the winter recess and be sure to stay tuned into Saintssports.com for information on the upcoming spring championship season.