March 5, 2012

Lady Saints in 11th Place at Armstrong Pirate Invitational

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POOLER, GA – The North Georgia women's golf team opened play at the 2012 Armstrong Pirate Women's Invitational on Monday, shooting an aggregate score of 357 to sit in 11th place after the first day of action.

UNC Pembroke leads the Peach Belt dominated field after the opening round, firing a team score of 318. Flagler sits in second place after shooting 326, while host Armstrong (327) sits just one shot back. 

Central Oklahoma, Columbus State and Lander are all tied for fourth place just 12 strokes behind the pace set by the Braves.

Armstrong's Kristen Sammarco shot a three-over-par 75 to hold the opening round lead by one stroke over Pembroke's Meghan Moore. 

The opening round 357 leaves the Lady Saints 39 strokes off the Braves pace, sitting seven strokes behind Mount Olive and Lenoir Rhyne who are tied for ninth and five strokes ahead of 12th place Wittenburg.

Catalina Olarte paced North Georgia in the opening round, firing a 13-over-par 85 to sit in a tie for 27th place. Following Olarte was sophomore Erica Breeden who continued her strong spring firing an 88. 

LeeAnn Noble shot a 91, which was good enough for a share of 57, while Casey Truelove shot a 93 and Abbey Gill carded a 95.

The Armstrong Pirate Women's Invitational is contested at the 5,824 yard, par-72 Savannah Quarters. The Lady Saints wrap up the tournament tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, as they look to race up the leader board into the top 10.