W. golf tie for ninth of 14 at N.Y. invitational

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Contributing Writer
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Competing for the first time in two weeks, the women’s golf team finished in a tie for ninth place in the 14-team Roar-ee Invitational this Friday and Saturday. The event, hosted by Columbia, took place at Spook Rock Golf Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y., located outside of New York City.

The Bears posted a two-day score of 645, shooting an impressive 316 on the first day. “The team goal is to break 320, and we definitely played very well on Friday,”  said Head Coach Danielle Griffiths.

Though the Bears did not finish as strongly on Saturday, shooting a 329, Griffiths remained happy with her team’s overall performance, noting the event was “definitely an improvement” over the Bears’ last tournament, the Hoya Invitational.

Sarah Guarasico ’11, competing as an individual, led the way for the Bears in New York, finishing ninth overall with a two-day score of 152. Guarasico played exceptionally well on Saturday, shooting an even-par 72.

Megan Tuohy ’12 continued her season-long strong effort for the Bears, playing consistently both days on her way to 77-79 — 156. Griffiths was pleased with Tuohy’s effort, noting that she has “been our top performer this spring” and that “when she plays well, the team plays well.”

Heather Arison ’12 finished third for the Bears, shooting 78-84 — 162. Close behind her were Susan Restrepo ’11 at 164 and Carly Arison ’12 at 165. Claire Straty ’13 also saw action for the Bears, shooting a two-day total of 170.

The Bears will compete at the Ivy League Championships this weekend, held at renowned Baltustrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Baltustrol has played host to 16 national championships, including the 2005 PGA Championship.

In preparation for the event, Griffiths will have her team working hard on its mental and short game. The Bears have been practicing these parts of their game all season, and though Griffiths has certainly seen significant progress, she feels there is still room for improvement. Above all, Griffiths said she wants her players to take the tournament “one shot at a time” and stay “very neutral mentally.”

The Bears are very excited for this weekend’s tournament, Griffiths said. “It should be an amazing event, and we are very lucky and fortunate to be able to play there,” she said

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