September 27, 2011

Women's Golf Takes 9th Place at TPC Sawgrass

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - The North Georgia women's golf team wrapped up the 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational, played at the Dye's Valley course at the TPC Sawgrass facility with a ninth place finish on Tuesday.

Barry University outlasted Saint Leo University to capture the team title. The two schools were tied at 320 heading into day two, before Barry pulled away with an aggregate score of 630 (320-310) to cruise to a seven-stroke victory.

Seminole State and Ashland University tied for third place, finishing at 69-over-par, while the University of West Florida held onto fifth place, defeating host Queens University by three strokes.

The Lady Saints finished their second tournament of the fall with an aggregate score of 726 (374-352) to finish comfortably in ninth place. North Georgia held a 51 shot lead over tenth place Johnson & Wales and were just seven strokes behind eighth place Erskine College.

Seminole State's Elia Folch Sola erased an opening round deficit of one stroke to race to a three shot victory, finishing the tournament with a five-over-par 149 (74-75). Erin Misheff of Ashland and Barry's Nancy Vergara finished in a tie for second place, while Geoun Lee of Saint Leo and Taylor Babcock of Barry rounded out the top five.

North Georgia improved their opening round score by 22 strokes, thanks in large part to Abbey Gill and Casey Truelove who improved their first round scores by 14 and 12 shots respectively.

In just her second collegiate tournament, Gill recovered from an opening round 102 to shoot a respectable 16-over-par 88 to give her a two-day total of 190 which was good enough for a tie for 46th place.

Truelove shot a 15-over-par 87 in the second round, giving her a two-day total 186 (99-87) and a share of 43rd place.

The lowest scorer for North Georgia in the second round and for the tournament was once again Catalina Olarte. After an opening round 82, Olarte carded an 11-over-par 83 to leave her in a tie for 16th place. Olarte's two-day total was 165.

The fourth player to score in the final round of the tournament for North Georgia was LeeAnn Noble. Noble was consistent throughout the 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational, following up an opening round 94 with another 22-over-par 94. Noble's two-day total of 188 left her in sole possession of 45th place at the tournament's conclusion.

The Lady Saints return to action next week, traveling to Calera, Alabama, to take part in the 2011 Montevallo Invitational contested at the Timberline Golf Club.