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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information

WOMEN’S GOLF WRAPS UP FALL AT PIRATE INVITATIONAL

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: October 29, 2016
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Tournament Details:
2016 Pirate Invitational
Dates: October 28-29, 2016; Two Rounds (36-holes)
Host: Seton Hall
Location: Bedminster, NJ
Course: Trump National Golf Course – The New Course
Course Vitals: 5,902-yard, par-72 course

BEDMINSTER, NJ – In its final event of the fall, the Monmouth University women’s golf team finished the competitive 14-team Seton Hall Pirate Invitational in ninth place after shooting a 36-hole total of 690. The event, held at the site of the 2017 Women’s U.S. Open, featured extreme winds and cold temperatures in the opening round which spiked scores. The Blue and White, which shot 30 strokes better in the calmer weather on Saturday, was paced by Erin DiDonato (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) who found herself in the top-20

The junior opened the event with 85 before dropping four strokes in the second round to end the tournament with 166 and a share of 15th overall. Classmate Faith Garcia (Stamford, CT/Staples) was the second Hawk into the clubhouse, posting a team-low round of 78 on Saturday to finish five shots behind DiDonato, while sophomore Haley Goodling (Manheim, PA/Manheim Central) completed rounds with 89 and 86 to finish with 175. Junior Sarah Kokotajlo (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) carded 85 in the second tour of the course to finish with 178, while freshman Nicole Totland (Tinton Falls, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) closed out the Hawks’ card with 183. Junior Kaitlin Clancy (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West), playing as an individual, turned in rounds of 94 and 82 to complete the 36-hole event with 176.

NOTES & QUOTES
“I thought we played extremely well in more competitive tournaments this fall. Our players have responded to the challenges, yet we still have work to do, but I like the direction we are heading in.” – Head Coach Susan DeKalb

- MU finishes in front of the two other MAAC schools in the event (University at Albany, Hartford).
- For the first time in her career, DiDonato led the Hawks’ card.
- Garcia’s second round is her 17th career round in the 70s and fifth of the season.

The Field:
University of Albany, Central Connecticut State, Creighton, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hartford, Hofstra, Illinois State, Lamar, Lehigh, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall and South Dakota State.

Team Leaderboard:
1. South Dakota State 326-306; 632
2. Lamar 336-310; 646
3. Seton Hall 341-317; 658
4. Central Conn. St. 345-320; 665
5. Lehigh 356-318; 674
6. Fairleigh Dickinson 356-322; 678
7. Illinois State 363-323; 686
8. Creighton 349-339; 688
9. Monmouth 360-330; 690
10. University at Albany 368-332; 700
11. LIU Brooklyn 368-337; 705
12. Hofstra 370-343; 713
13. Omaha 374-341; 715
14. Hartford 384-355; 739

Monmouth’s Card (# = individual):
t-15. Erin DiDonato 85-81; 166
t-30. Faith Garcia 93-78; 171
t-40. Haley Goodling 89-86; 175
t-43. Kaitlin Clancy # 94-82; 176
t-49. Sarah Kokotajlo 93-85; 178
t-63. Nicole Totland 97-86; 183

NEXT UP
Monmouth will continue its season in February of 2017. A full schedule of events can be found on MonmouthHawks.com, when available.

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