September 26, 2011

Olarte in the Hunt After First Round at TPC Sawgrass

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - After the first round of the 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational played on the 5,831 yard, par-72 Dye's Valley course at the TPC Sawgrass facility, the North Georgia women's golf team sits in ninth place with a team score of 374 (86-over-par).

Barry University and Saint Leo University both got off to a hot start and are tied atop the leaderboard with an aggregate score 320, which is 32 strokes over par after the first day of action. Seminole State sits right behind them in third with host Queens University and Ashland University rounding out the top five.

The Lady Saints are 54 shots off the pace after the first round of action. North Georgia holds a 22 shot lead over tenth place Johnson & Wales University and sits 22 strokes behind eighth place Erskine College.

Saint Leo's Goeun Lee holds the lead after she shot a one-over-par 73 in day one of the action at Sawgrass. Hot on Lee's trail are Elia Folch Sola of Seminole State and Nancy Vergara of Barry who are tied in second place and just one shot off the pace. Julia Wennerlund of Queens and Ashland's Erin Misheff round out the top five with scores of 75 and 77 respectively.

Leading the way for North Georgia was Catalina Olarte who fired off an opening round 10-over-par 82, good enough for a four-way tie in 12th place. Heading into round two, Olarte looks to jump into the top 10 as she did in her last tournament for the Lady Saints.

Freshman LeeAnn Noble had her first scoring round as a member of the North Georgia women's golf team, shooting a 47 on both the front and back nine to give her a 22-over-par 94 heading into the second day of action. Noble sits in sole possession of 43rd place, sitting five strokes ahead of teammates Casey Truelove and Erica Breeden

Truelove and Breeden both opened the tournament with 27-over-par 99's and sit in a tie for 48th place. The sophomores look to improve their scores in round two just as they did two weeks ago in Tennessee.

The second and final day of the two-round 36-hole Majorie Whitney Invitational will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27. The 2011 Majorie Whitney Invitational features a 10-team field, with the Lady Saints being the lone member of the Peach Belt Conference competing in the event.