March 4, 2013

All Five Saints Improve in Second Round, Saints Move up to 10th

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's golf team saw plenty of improvement on the second day of the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirate Women's Invitational as all five golfers posted scores better than the first day. The result was the Saints moving up one spot in the final standings to 10th.

Host school Armstrong Atlantic held on to win the event after posting a 303 in the second round giving the Pirates a 607 two-day score. Fellow Peach Belt Conference school Lander University ended the tournament second with a 615 after scorching the field on Tuesday with a 299 to finish with a 615 following a 316 in the opening round of play.

Other PBC schools appearing in the tournament were Flagler College in third (625) and Columbus State University (655) in seventh.

Lander's Teresa Caballer Hernani posted a 76 in the opening round and then followed that up with a three-under par 69 to claim the individual crown ahead of Armstrong's Jenna Birch and Savannah College of Art & Design's Alazne Urizar in a tie for second.

Senior Catalina Olarte led North Georgia, once again. She posted an 81 in Tuesday's round following an opening round 82 to finish in a tie for 23rd with a 163.

Sophomore Abbey Gill also showed improvement on the second day as she bounced back from a 90 on Monday to match Olarte's 81, finishing in a tie for 41st with a 171 two-round score.

Both Casey Truelove and Anna Belle Higgins improved their scores as well from matching 91's on Monday. Truelove carded an 83 on Tuesday while Higgins posted a 90. Bridget Sandy posted the most significant improvement for the Saints as she lowered her second round score down from a 111 to 91.

North Georgia will next play in its own Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational on Monday, Mar. 18 and Tuesday, Mar. 19. The two-day tournament will be played at North Georgia's home course, Achasta Golf Club.