September 18, 2011

Women's Golf Finishes 12th At Dartmouth Invitational

HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba) led all Quinnipiac golfers at the Dartmouth Invitational at Hanover Country Club in Hanover, N.H. as the Bobcats finished 12th out of 12 teams. Ketcheson finished tied for 45th amongst a field of 60 golfers.

Ketcheson was the only Quinnipiac golfer to improve on her score on the second day at Hanover Country Club with a six-stroke improvement on her previous day's total. Ketcheson shot a 92 on Saturday before bouncing back to sign-off on an 86 for a two-day total of 178 (+34).

"Kayla [Ketcheson] is figuring out what it takes to compete against a very talented field on a very difficult course," head coach John O'Connor said. "She's making progress and working hard to fine tune her game."

The incredibly challenging course wreaked havoc on the Bobcat golfers as several players were on the unfortunate end of some tough holes. Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) led Quinnipiac with an 91 on Saturday before shooting a 99 on Sunday for a two-day total of 190 (+46), to finish in 51st place.

"Amanda [Nagel] lipped out four putts and had difficulty reading the lightning-fast greens," O'Connor explained.

Freshman Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) was just-behind Nagel in 53rd place. Russell shot a 96 on Saturday before ending up with a 98 on Sunday for a two-day 194 (+50). Jenn Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) and Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished in 56th and 57th place, respectively.       

" Hannah [Russell] is adjusting to college golf and shows great promise. Jenn [Forlenza] missed a few key putts but also showed that her hard work will pay off as she gains more strength and focus," O'Connor said. "Devon Gibney did a wonderful job in a difficult situation playing collegiate golf for the first time.  She really showed me why she's such a great athlete working her way around this course. Once she gets an opportunity to practice and get her distances down, she could be a real asset to this team"

Quinnipiac is back in action on Oct. 2-3 when it travels to Twisted Dune Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. for the ECAC Championships.