INDIANAPOLIS—The Bellarmine women’s golf team roared out of gates at the Butler Invitational, obliterating the school record for low team round by 16 shots with an opening score of 291. The Knights followed up that performance with two more solid rounds (303, 298) to finish sixth of 14 competing teams at the par-70 Highland Country Club.
In addition to the team opening in record-setting fashion, sophomore Josephine Bonin fired a 69 in round one to become just the second player in program history to break 70, tying Sarah DuPlessis’ school record set back in 2008 at Danville Country Club. The native of Paris, France continued her good play and finished fourth in the 83-player field after following her 69 with rounds of 76 and 71.
Another bright spot for the Knights was the play of freshman Matti Spalding, who was a last-minute replacement in the lineup when Alaina Schmitt experienced a recurring injury. The Eastern High School graduate seized the opportunity with rounds 72-76-73 to notch a top 10 finish (T-8).
Also securing a top-20 individual finish for Bellarmine was sophomore Jessica Stephens, who recorded rounds of 74, 76, 75 to finish at 225.
The entire tournament will go down as a bright spot for the Knights as all three rounds would have broken the previous school record (307) that was set just the week before.
Future ASUN Conference foe Austin Peay took the team title after tying the Knights for first with a 291 in the opening round and following up with scores of 296 and 291 to slip past Belmont by two strokes. Belmont’s Cameron Fish closed with a final round 65 to claim medalist honors at three-under par for the tourney (207).
Bellarmine returns to action on Monday, Oct. 18 when the Knights make their final appearance of the fall at the University of Dayton Invitational, which will be played at the NCR Club in Kettering, Ohio.
10/4-5/2021 — Butler Fall Invitational
Highland Country Club — Indianapolis, IN
Par 70, 6010 yards — 14 teams, 83 players