SUNSET BEACH, NC– After sitting in 17th place after day one of competition, the Warriors stayed put on day two at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. Merrimack finished the two days with a team score of 711, eight strokes clear of 18th place Eckerd College.
Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, CA) led the team on Tuesday turning in the low round of 84 and an event total of 170. The low score for the tournament was a 168 that came from Ali Reed (Westborough, MA) who added an 86 to her day one 82.
Bethany Arnold (Wrentham, MA) shaved six strokes off her first round score, notching an 86 to put her tournament total at 178. Vanessa Martinez (Tempe, AZ) struggled but managed to keep her tournament score under 200 at 195. Reed was the low individual finisher for Merrimack, placing 47th while Hoehle finished in 60th position.
Coach Nick Crovetti commented: "The ladies played very consistently again, and displayed a lot of poise in their first encounter with nationally ranked division two womens' golf teams.
Our consistent and parity is a huge component of our teams early success. We are looking forward to playing next weekend at Robert Morris."
In Monday's first round, Merrimack posted a team score of 354 and was seven strokes ahead of 18th-place Limestone College. Leading the Warriors was Ali Reed who shot 82 on the day, highlighted by a 39 on her second nine. Reed sat 36th in the individual standings at the halfway mark. Following her was Lloyd Hoehle who bettered her opening nine 44 by two strokes, winding up with an 86. Bethany Arnold played a steady round, firing a 44 and 48 to give her a 92 and a tie for 90th place. Vanessa Martinez stumbled in her first nine but rebounded with a 45 on her second to wind up with a 94 as well as a tie for 94th place.
The Myrtle Beach Invitational is held at Sea Trails Golf Links (Par 72) in Sunset Beach, NC. Hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, the field was made up of 20 teams, mainly from the North Carolina area. This is the largest tournament Merrimack has played in this season. The Warriors are back in action next weekend when they visit Robert Morris University.