March 18, 2013

Saint Women Improve in Final Round to Finish Second in Chick-fil-A Spring Invite

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The weather was much improved on Tuesday with plenty of sunshine and it showed in the scorecards as the University of North Georgia women's golf team improved from Monday to finish second in the Saints' own Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational.

Shorter University was able to hold onto first place out of the eight teams competing in the women's field with a 331 second round, giving the Hawks a two-round score of 659. The Saints improved their team score by 16 strokes with a 334 on Tuesday to finish with a 684, surpassing Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) – Atlanta, which finished with a 695, for second.

North Georgia's Catalina Olarte, a senior, claimed the overall individual crown with a 158 as she matched her first round 79 on Tuesday. The matching 79's gave Olarte a one-stroke advantage over Shorter's Maria Bengtsson who bounced back from an 84 on Monday with a Tuesday low-round-tying 75.

Behind Olarte, junior Casey Truelove carded a two-day score of 170 to finish eighth while sophomore Abbey Gill finished five strokes back in a tie for 10th with a 175.

Freshmen Mariana Pelaez and Anna Belle Higgins rounded out the scoring five for North Georgia in 16th and tied for 17th respectively. Pelaez finished with a 181 while Higgins ended the tournament with a 182 as both improved their scores from Monday.

The North Georgia women will next compete in the Tusculum Agnes McAmis Memorial in Greenville, Tenn. The tournament will be competed from Monday, Apr. 8 through Tuesday, Apr. 9.