By James Vallone
DAHLONEGA, Ga. -– The Shorter golf teams took part in the Chick-fil-A Spring Invite hosted by North Georgia, with the Lady Hawks finishing first overall and Patric Sundlof finishing sixth for the Hawks out of forty golfers on the course.
The Lady Hawks (328-331-659) ran away from the competition, winning the event by 25 strokes over the host school.
Shorter placed the top four members of the team all within the top-10 scores for the event, led by a second place finish from Maria Bengtsson (84-75-159) along with Isabella Baldacci (81-82-163) finishing fourth and Claudia Orrantia (80-84-164) placing fifth. Rachel Butler (83-92-175) rounded out the foursome with a tenth place finish.
Pauline Schopp (90-90-180) was the fifth member on the course and finished in 15th place.
North Georgia golfer Catalina Olarte (79-79-158) took home the overall title, finishing one stroke ahead of Bengtsson.
North Georgia (307-305-312) won the men's side of the competition, with three of the top-10 scores reported.
Sundlof (73-80-153) topped the Hawks (332-318-650), finishing three strokes behind eventual champion D.J. Adcock (76-74-150) from Martin Methodist College.
Juan Giraldo (84-75-159) trimmed nine strokes off of his opening round score on his way to a 14th place finish.
Tyler Steptoe (88-77-165) finished 27th and Miles Mendiola (87-86-173) came home 32nd to round out Shorter's top four.
Jordan Bethune (94-87-181) placed 36th as the final golfer for Shorter.
Competing unattached for the Hawks were Jordan Starnes (91-87-178), Salvatore Jerris (94-97-191), and Lauren McConnell (106-103-209).
Next week will see the Hawks compete as part of the Marine Corps Collegiate from Camp Lejeune, N.C.