Holmes, Tigers capture back-to-back titles
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 at 11:16 PM
JOLIET, Ill. – The air was a little crisp and the wind was a little strong at times, but senior Gwen Holmes (Princeton, Ill.) continued to play consistent capturing the top spot at the University of St. Francis Invite on Saturday, Oct. 6. Holms and the Tigers also captured the team title, finishing ahead of William Penn University (Wis.) by 11 strokes.
Olivet finished the two-day invitational with a team score of 668 in the five team field. William Penn finished second with a total of 679, just one shot ahead of Viterbo University (Wis.). The University of St. Francis (Ill.) shot a 683 to finish fourth, while the University of Illinois-Springfiled finished at 716.
Holmes, who earlier this week captured the title at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Invitational, struggled a little in the opening round. She finished the round tied for third with an 84. Her second round 80 was enough to put her one stroke ahead of Maggie Yang of William Penn and finish with the top honors.
Junior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) finished the weekend tied for second with a 165. Freshman Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) tied for sixth with a 167. Sophomore Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) rounds out the top four finishers for the Tigers, placing tied for 15th with a 176.
The Tigers complete an impressive fall season with two first place finishes, a second place and two fifth places. Olivet will return to the links in early March to being the spring portion of their season.