September 9, 2011

Women's Golf Set to Open Fall Campaign Next Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA - The North Georgia women's golf team opens its 2011 fall season on Monday, September 12, as they travel to Sevierville, Tennessee, to compete in the 2011 Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate hosted by Carson-Newman College.

As a rookie head coach in 2010-11, Leigh Anne Hunter led the Lady Saints to a sixth place finish at the Peach Belt Conference Championships and expectations are high as their top four scorers return from last season.

In 2011-12, North Georgia will be led by junior Catalina Olarte. Olarte played in 21 rounds last year, averaging a team best stroke average of 82. Olarte had a successful sophomore campaign for the Saints, being named to the Peach Belt All-Tournament team. She carded three top 10 finishes, including winning the Mountain Lion Fall Invitational with a final round 79. Olarte's low round total of 2010-11 came in the final round of the Peach Belt Championships where she shot a two-over-par 74, which was the lowest score of any North Georgia player last season.

The team's second-leading scorer, Casey Truelove, returns for her sophomore season. Truelove played in 21 rounds last season and tallied a stroke average of 90.3. During her freshman campaign, Truelove's lowest round of the year came during the opening round of the BSC Southern Shootout where she carded an 80. Truelove's best finish of the year came at the one-day Mountain Lion Fall Invitational, where she shot an 89, placing her in a tie for fourth place

Two other sophomores return for a young North Georgia team. Erica Breeden played in 21 rounds averaging a score of 93.3. Breeden shot a season-low 85 in the opening round of the BSC Southern Shootout on her way to a 70th place finish. Her lone top 10 finish of the season came at the Mountain Lion Fall Invitational where she shot a 92 good enough for seventh place.

Jodie Borchert played in 21 rounds with a scoring average of 98.1. Borchert's lowest single score came in the second round of the BSC Southern Shootout where she followed up an opening round 93 with an 88, which was the only time she broke 90 last year. Her best finish came at the Mountain Lion Fall Invitational where she shot a 94 to come in eighth place, two strokes behind Breeden.

Joining the returning players are a trio of freshman who will make their collegiate debuts in the coming weeks. Morgan Blackwell makes her way to Dahlonega from South Paulding High School, Abbey Gill joins the Saints from Edmonton, Alberta, and LeeAnn Noble will be familiar to the program, coming from nearby Gainesville High School. 

The Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate is a two-round, 36-hole event (18 each day). Action at the par 70 Sevierville Golf Club Highlands course is slated to get underway Monday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m.

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