October 10, 2011

Lady Saints Finish Fifth, Olarte Ties School Record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The North Georgia women's golf team followed up an opening round aggregate score of 317 with a school record 314 to finish in fifth place at the 2011 BSC Fall Shootout contested at the par-70 Highland Park Golf Club.

The Lady Saints continue their strong fall, setting a school record with each of their scores. The two-round total of 631 (317-314) was their lowest in school history, topping the score of 663 set last week at the Montevallo Invitational. North Georgia has improved their team scores in each of their tournaments this fall thanks in large part to the stellar play of junior Catalina Olarte, who finished in sixth place.

Lee University held the lead after the first round and fired a final round 288 to cruise to an 11-shot victory. Columbus State finished in second with Methodist in third and Shorter University in fourth. North Georgia finished in fifth place 54 shots off the pace.

Courtney Shelton of Lee University carded a final round three-under-par 70 to win the individual honors in an exciting a four-person playoff. Columbus State's Kimesha Anthony and Nikki Crowley tied for second with Lisa Persson of Shorter University, while Lee University's Geandra Almeida rounding out the top five.

Four of the five Lady Saints competing improved on their opening round scores, with LeeAnn Noble having the biggest jump carding 13 less shots in the final round.

Olarte continued her record setting spring with both of her rounds in the 70's, which made her the first member of the North Georgia women's golf team to shoot three consecutive rounds in the 70's in the program's young history. She followed up an opening round four-over-par 74 with a two-over-par 72. Olarte's two-over-par final round ties a school record that Olarte had previously set last April at the Peach Belt Championships.

Casey Truelove was consistent once again for North Georgia, following up and opening round 82 with an 11-over-par 81. Truelove has improved her second round score in three of four tournaments this fall. Truelove's tournament total of 163 (82-81) left her in 42nd place.

In the beginning of her sophomore year Erica Breeden continues to improve, shooting an 11-over-par 81 to follow up an opening round 84. Breeden has shot in the 80s in five of her eight rounds this year, a feat she only accomplished four times all of last year. Breeden's two-round total of 165 (84-81) was good enough for a share of 51st place.

LeeAnn Noble shot her lowest round of the year in the final round at the 2011 BSC Fall Shootout, carding a 10-over-par 80. Noble's 13 shot improvement in the second round was tops in the 90 player field. Noble's two-round total of 173 (93-80) was good enough for 70th place, a 17 spot jump from her position after the opening round.

Abbey Gill continues to impress in her first year at North Georgia. Gill followed an opening round seven-over-par 77 with a 17-over par 87. Gill's two-round total of 164 (77-87) was good enough for 43rd place.

The 2011 BSC Southern Shootout was hosted by Birmingham Southern and was contested at the 5,801 par-70 Highlands Park Golf Club. The Highlands Park Golf Club is one of the oldest in Alabama, opening in 1903 and features a course rating of 68.1 with a slope rating of 128 on Bermuda grass.

The Lady Saints return to the links for their final tournament of the fall in two weeks, traveling to Florida to take part in the Flagler Fall Slam held at the Marsh Creek Country Club, October 24th and 25th.