WELLESLEY, MA- On the strength of two top ten performances, the Merrimack women's golf squad captured a fourth place finish in the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, hosted by Wellesley College at Nehoiden Golf Course.
Highlighting the weekend was Sunday's team score of 337, the 2nd lowest in the field behind Williams. The Warriors closed out their season with an overall score of 690, ahead of Wellesley and Mount Holyoke College.
Ali Reed (Westborough, MA) and Bethany Arnold (Wrentham, MA) both finished within the top ten, coming in at sixth and ninth, respectively. Reed shot 83 on day one and followed that up with an impressive 79 on day two to secure her place in the top ten, just one stroke behind Nicole Bronson of Vassar College for fifth place. Reed also recorded a tournament-high four birdies on the second day of competition.
Arnold also improved on the Sunday, adding an 81 to the 85 she recorded on Saturday. A strong second day as well as a 2-under score on the courses par 3's locked her into the top ten.
"The team performed very well today as all four players improved upon their scores from yesterday. We showed a lot of resiliency and determination to battle back and shoot a team low 337. Ali played very well, coming very close to posting her first top five of her collegiate career," said Head Coach Nick Crovetti.
Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, CA) started slowly on Saturday, turning in a 90, but righted the ship on Saturday. She shaved five shots off her first round score and recorded an 85 on day two, landing her in 16th place. Vanessa Martinez (Tempe, AZ) also improved her round on Sunday shooting 92 which, coupled with her day one 95 gave her a 187 for the weekend and a spot in 24th place.
The fall season for Merrimack was a memorable one, including trips to Myrtle Beach, Pittsburgh, New York and various New England venues. The low team score for the year was Sunday's 337. Reed also tied her season low 79 in the final event of the year.
Merrimack will return to the course in the spring.