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CALERA, AL – The North Georgia women's golf team shot a school record 334 aggregate score to land in third place after the opening round at the Montevallo Invitational held at the par-71 Timberline Golf Club.
The Lady Saints topped their previous team low by two shots, which they carded last year at the Montevallo Invitational in the opening round. Two of the players to score for North Georgia set personal bests to help the Lady Saints hold a comfortable 32 shot lead over fourth place Christian Brothers University.
After day one of the two-day tournament, the Lady Saints find themselves chasing Peach Belt Conference rivals Columbus State and host Montevallo. Columbus State shot 307 and sit seven shots ahead of second pace Montevallo, while North Georgia is 27 strokes off the pace.
Jennifer Brueshaber of Columbus State shot a two-over-par 73 and holds a two-stroke lead over Montevalo's Ashlee Beck. Montevallo's Megan Clyne and Hilary Shaner are tied for third place with Kimesha Anthony of Coumbus State sitting three shots behind Brueshaber.
As a team, the Lady Saints recorded two birdies and 35 pars. This was also the first time in school history that all four scorers carded scores in the 80's
Leading the way for North Georgia were Abbey Gill and Erica Breeden who each carded 11-over-par 82's. Gill and Breeden were the lone members of the Lady Saints to record birdies and tied for 10th place.
In just her third collegiate tournament, Gill scored her lowest round as a member of the Lady Saints, topping her 88 from last week at the Majorie Whitney Invitational by six shots. Gill recorded a birdie and a team-high nine pars.
A summer of full hard work has paid off for Breeden, who recorded her lowest round at North Georgia. Breeden had previously set her career low in the opening tournament of the 2011-12 campaign. Breeden had a birdie and seven pars on the day.
Catalina Olarte continued her strong start, firing a 13-over-par 84. Olarte matched a team high with nine pars on the day and is the only member of the Lady Saint to score in the 80's in all five rounds this fall. Olarte shot a team-low 39 on the front, before faltering on the back to shoot a 45.
The Montevallo Invitational is contested at the 5,801 yard par-71 Timberline Golf Club, which has a rating of 72.3 and a slope rating of 126 on Bermuda grass. The Timberline Golf Club was designed by Jerry Pate and first opened in 2002.
The Lady Saints wrap up the two-day Montevallo Invitational on Tuesday, October 4.