MERRIMACK EDGES MERCYHURST BY ONE STROKE TO CLAIM FIRST WIN OF SPRING, SECOND OF 2013-14
WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Junior Ali Reed (Westborough, Mass.) and the Merrimack College women's golf team did not wait long to start the 2014 spring campaign on a high note, as Reed won the individual title while the Warriors placed first as a team to win the West Chester University "Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational" on Monday at Penn Oaks Golf Club.
Order Of Finish: Merrimack (1st/+121) | Mercyhurst (2nd/+122) | Kutztown (3rd/+130)
Top Performers: Ali Reed (1st/+20) | Louise McGillivray (7th/+29) | Bethany Arnold (T-12th/+35)
Location: Penn Oaks Golf Club | West Chester, Pa.
What They Said
Head Coach Nick Crovetti: "I am so proud of this team and our effort this weekend in less-than-ideal weather conditions. They hung tough, stayed focused and persevered to earn a victory that I know we deserved. We continue our DII in-region play with another test at the Walsh Invitational next weekend and are looking forward to another strong weekend of play."
How It Happened
After leading the field by three strokes after Sunday's opening round, Merrimack was challenged all the way through the final hole on Monday, as second-place Mercyhurst made up ground and closed the gap to one.
In the end, however, the Warriors' three-stroke edge on Sunday was too much to overcome; despite finishing two strokes back of Mercyhurst on Monday, Merrimack still wound up with the team title with a 121-over-par team score, one better of Mercyhurst's 122 and nine strokes clear of third-place Kutztown (130).
Reed certainly played a part in wrapping up that team victory after firing a two-day total of 160 (20-over) to edge Mercyhurst's Caitlin Kempton for the individual title.
Senior Louise McGillivray (Banchory, Scotland) wasn't far behind, placing seventh with a two-day total of 169 (29-over), while junior Bethany Arnold (Wrentham, Mass.) enjoyed a fine outing as well, firing an 88-87—175 total to finish 35-over par and tied for 12th.
Sophomore Jaclyn Drew (Lunenburg, Mass.) tied for 15th after shooting 37-over (89-88), while rookie Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, Calif.) placed 31st and 33rd, respectively, with two-day totals of 193 and 200.
The Warriors continue their spring season next weekend in Canton, Ohio, as the team participates in the Walsh University Invitational at the Glenmoor Country Club.