Golf slow to start in the South

The Butler women’s golf team finished fifth at the Chris Bannister Golf Classic over the holiday weekend in Glencoe, Ala.

The three-day event, which began Sunday, was played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start Sunday, but Mattingly said his team seemed to play more comfortably on Monday.

“All six players were here last year, so they really had no excuse,” Mattingly said. “I think it was mostly just first-round jitters.”

Junior Michele Nash finished 10th, posting a 73 Monday. She was just one stroke shy of the day’s low round. Nash followed up her strong effort with a 77 Tuesday, finishing the tournament with a 232.

Three other Bulldogs, junior Clare Cornelius, senior Molly Fields and  sophomore Julia Porter, joined Nash in the top 25.

Porter (238) tied for 19th, Fields (239) tied for 21st and Cornelius (240) finished 23rd.

“My attitude was better the second day,” Porter said. “I recovered from bogeys better than I did on Sunday.”

Sophomore Ali Arends (244) and senior Marcy Moreman (256) also contributed to the Butler team total.

Butler will be back in action Sept. 20 when they travel to Hammond, Ind., for the Chicago State Invitational.

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