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WOMEN’S GOLF CAPTURES THIRD AT LEHIGH INVITATIONAL

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: October 24, 2016
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Tournament Details:
Lehigh Invitational 
Dates:
October 23-24, 2016; Two Rounds (36-holes)
Host: Lehigh
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Course: Saucon Valley Country Club
Course Vitals: 6,012-yard, par-72 course

BETHLEHEM, PA – Sophomore Haley Goodling (Manheim, PA/Manheim Central) and junior Faith Garcia (Stamford, CT/Staples) both finished in the top-10 to lead the Monmouth University women’s golf team to a third place finish out of nine at the Lehigh Invitational. The Hawks, who finished three spots higher than they did a year ago at the event, shot 326 and 323 to finish the 36-hole tournament with 649.

Goodling fired back-to-back rounds of 78 to finish with a share of fourth place overall with 156, while Garcia carded a team-low 76 in the second round, five shots better than her opening round score, to finish one stroke behind Goodling in 10th. Junior Sarah Kokotajlo (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) and freshman Nicole Totland (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) both registered 168, while junior Kaitlin Clancy (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) inked 85 and 87 to round out the Hawks’ card. Playing as an individual, junior Erin DiDonato (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) compiled rounds of 81 and 79 to finish with a piece of 15th overall.

NOTES & QUOTES
“I am really pleased with our performance. I thought we played really well despite the high winds and tough conditions. We also shot better in the second round, which we haven’t done in a while. Haley played well to almost finish tied for first and Faith did a good job rounding out the top-10. The team finishing third in a very competitive field was pretty spectacular.” – Head Coach Susan DeKalb

- The third place finish is the highest result of the year for the Blue and White.
- MU finishes in front of the two other MAAC schools in the event (Siena, Niagara).
- Goodling, who duplicated back-to-back rounds of 78 for the second-straight year at the tournament, records her first top-five of her career.
- Goodling’s 156 matches her career best for a 36-hole event, set last year at Lehigh.
- Garcia finished six spots higher on the individual leaderboard than in 2015.
- Totland made her debut on the Hawks’ card.

The Field:
Lehigh, Bucknell, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Navy, Niagara, Siena and Saint Francis (Pa.).

Team Leaderboard:
1. Lehigh 304-314; 618
2. Georgetown 310-312; 622
3. Monmouth 326-323; 649
4. Siena 327-326; 653
5. Navy 332-325; 657
6. Bucknell 333-325; 658
7. St. Francis 331-333; 664
8. Niagara 340-327; 667
9. Holy Cross 365-348; 713

Monmouth’s Card (# = individual):
t-4. Haley Goodling 78-78; 156
t-10. Faith Garcia 81-76; 157
t-15. Erin DiDonato # 81-79; 160
t-29. Sarah Kokotajlo 82-86; 168
t-29. Nicole Totland 85-86; 168
t-38. Kaitlin Clancy 85-87; 172

NEXT UP
Monmouth will conclude the fall at Seton Hall’s Pirate Invitational this weekend, October 28-29 in Bedminster, NJ.

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