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March 25, 2023 1:21 pm

UMO women’s golf takes fourth in Patsy Rendleman Invitational

SALISBURY – Senior Emma Leclercq opened the fall season by carding a second place finish on Tuesday, as the Trojans tied for fourth overall in the team standings at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational hosted by Catawba.

The University of Mount Olive women’s golf team posted a 66-over 634 (318-316) while competing at the 11-team event, which featured multiple schools from the Conference Carolinas and South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Lenoir-Rhyne won the tournament title by two strokes with a 52-over 620 (305-315) behind three top-15 golfers. UNC Pembroke finished second with a 54-over 622 (323-299) while playing at CC of Salisbury and Belmont Abbey placed third with a 64-over 632 (309-323).

Leclercq finished second overall on the individual leaderboard with a nine-over 151 (74-77). She carded three birdies and 21 pars over the two rounds, including a birdie on the par-three ninth on the final day. The two-time all-conference golfer records her first top-10 finish of the year and tied for fourth in the tournament in pars.

Junior Victoria Morelli tied the sixth place with a 13-over 155 (77-78) and registered two birdies, including opening the event with a birdie on the par-four first. She also finished with 20 pars in the season-opener, with only 11 golfers achieving that feat.

Freshman Nele Halbach posted a 21-over 163 (79-84) to tie for 31st overall in her collegiate debut. Senior Elise Davies was two strokes back in a tie for 38th place with a 23-over 165 (88-77) behind three birdies, including back-to-back on the final day on the 11th and 12th holes. Fellow senior Grace Olmstead rounded out the team scorers with a 35-over 177 (88-89) to finish in a tie for 39th overall on Tuesday.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Beatriz Espelosin earned medalist honors by two strokes with a seven-over 149 (73-76) behind a combined 27 pars.

The Trojans are idle for a week before competing at the Jekyll Island Invitational on Oct. 17-18 in Georgia.

Submitted by University of Mount Olive