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Sarah Hartle shot a team low 173 (89, 84) in the Saints first spring tournament
Women's Golf - Thu, Apr. 4, 2013

John Brodbeck

Sports Information Director

(Joliet, Ill.) The Holy Cross Saints women's golf team opened up the spring season with an eleventh place finish in the St. Francis Spring Invite at Inwood Golf Course in Joliet, Ill. After a day one team score of 407, the Saints rallied to shoot a 386 for a tournament total of 793.

"Being the first tournament of the spring season, I thought we played ok," stated head coach Tim Holt. "We had a much better showing in round two, and I believe things will only get better as the season progresses.

Sarah Hartle (Warsaw, Ind.) turned in team lows for the Saints in the tournament with an 89 on day one and an 84 on day two for a tournament total of 173. The 173 two-day score for Hartle put her in 18th place individually and is the lowest tournament total she's produced this season.

Kelly Murphy (Youngstown, Ohio) put together a round one score of 104 and rounded out the tournament with a 100 in round two for a tournament total of 204 placing her at 59th individually. The 204 tournament score for Murphy is her lowest score of the 2012-2013 season.

Freshman Kendra Luckey (Danville, Ind.) opened up round one with a 108 but finished the tournament strong with a 98 in day two for a tournament total of 206. The ten stroke improvement from day one to day two for Luckey was the most significant of all Saints players in the St. Francis Invite. Luckey finished tied for 60th individually.

Closing out the tournament for the Saints, Victoria Anania (Charleston, SC) put together an opening round of 106 and a day two final of 104 for a tournament total of 210, placing her at 62nd individually. The 210 total for Anania was her second lowest of season after her 205 (98, 107) at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Invite in October of 2012.

Each one of the Saints golfers improved their scores from day one to day two which had coach Holt impressed.

"Although we had some typical mistakes that come from not getting outside beforehand, I thought the girls did a much better job in day two of the tournament," continued Holt. "We lowered our score in day two by 21 strokes which was credit to the girls. We now have some time off to get ready for our next tournament and work the kinks out."

The Saints will return to action on April 13th for the Pilot Invitational hosted by Bethel College at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend.