Sports Information Director
London, KY. -- The Holy Cross Saints women's golf team kicked off the 2013 fall season with a ninth place finish in the Bill Sergent Invitational hosted by the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). Despite a slow round one start, the Saints, led by sophomore Sarah Hartle (Warsaw, Ind.) and her school-record round of 75, saw a 12-stroke improvement as a team in round two.
"It was good to see the team back on the course competing," stated head coach Tim Holt. "We have the deepest roster we've had since I've been here, and it was good to see some of the new girls compete. There's still plenty of work to be done, but we now have a better idea for our team seeing them compete."
The Saints shot a round one team score of 360 and were led by Sarah Hartle who opened up the tournament with a score of 82.
All four signees of the latest recruiting cycle participated in the tournament.
On day two, the Saints saw their team score drop 12 strokes to 348.
Sarah Hartle paved the way again for the Saints with a school-record 75. She finished the tournament with a 36-hole score of 157 and a tie for seventh place individually.
Mia DelPrince saw her round two score drop nine strokes as she finished day two with a round of 86 and a 36-hole total of 181.
Kylie Day finished with a 36-hole score of 181 after a round two score of 91.
Emily Duff closed out her round with a 96 and a 36-hole score of 189.
Katie Krohn closed out the opening round of the fall season for the Saints with a round two score of 109 and a 36-hole final score of 211.
"There are always positives and negatives in the first tournament of the year," continued Holt. "We've got a lot of new girls who got their first real taste of tournament play. This was a talented field, and I believe we will see steady improvement from the team over the course of the season.
"I thought Sarah did a fantastic job out there," said Holt regarding Hartle's school-record round. "She really came out strong, especially in round two, and proved she was one of the better players in the field."
The host school, the University of the Cumberlands, took first place in the team and individual rankings.
The Saints will resume action beginning on Friday, September 13th at the Battle at Blackthorn at Blackthorn Golf Club. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, September 14th.