September 13, 2011

Lady Saints Surge in Final Round, Vault to 6th Place

Contact: Steve Cunha,

SEVIERVILLE, TN - The North Georgia women's golf team followed up an opening round aggregate score of 378 with a 342, which was good enough to leap past two schools into sole possession of sixth place after the second and final round of 2011 Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament played on the par 70 Highlands Course at The Golf Club of Sevierville.

Shorter University pulled away to win the tournament with a total score of 627 (315-312) by six shots over the Columbus State. The University of West Florida, Carson-Newman and the University of Montevallo rounded out the top five.

Shorter University's Lisa Persson held off the storming field to win the 2011 Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate Golf Tournament by firing a two-over-par 72, giving her a two-day total of 150 (78-72). Columbus State's Kimesha Anthony and West Flordia's Camila Sevillano tied for second place with a total score of 152, just two strokes off the pace.

Entering the second round of play, North Georgia sat eight shots behind seventh place West Georgia and 12 shots behind sixth place King College. When the tournament came to a close, the Lady Saints vaulted past both teams, beating King College by 18 shots on the day and six strokes for the tournament and West Georgia by 10 on the day and two for the tournament.

The 36-stroke improvement left the Lady Saints with a two-day score of 720 (378-342) and it was the best among the eight schools that finished the tournament. Three of the four scorers for North Georgia improved their scores in day two of the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate. The low scorer for the Lady Saints was junior Catalina Olarte, who improved on her opening round 84 by six shots, carding an eight-over-par 78. Olarte's two round total of 162 was good enough for an 18th place finish.

The biggest improvement in the entire field in round two of the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate came from sophomore Erica Breeden who followed up an opening round 105 with a solid 14-over-par 84. The 21 shot improvement left Breeden with her lowest round at North Georgia and in 47th place for the tournament.

Casey Truelove and Abbey Gill were the other Lady Saints to score on Tuesday. Truelove improved on her opening round by 10 strokes, shooting an 18-over-par 88, giving her a two-day total of 186 (98-88). Truelove finished the tournament in a tie for 45th place. Gill closed out her first collegiate tournament with a 22-over-par 92, giving her a two-day total of 183 (91-92), which was good enough for a share of 41st place. 

The Lady Saints return to action in two weeks, traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to take part in the Queen's University Invitational played at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.