EGG HARBOR, N.J. – The Sacred Heart University women's golf team won the Division I women's golf Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship at the Twisted Dune Golf Club, on Monday afternoon. The Pioneers book a 478 team score, edging out Northeast Conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson (478) by two strokes.
The ECAC suspended play at 3:00 pm, after completion of the second round front nine, leaving Sacred Heart in the lead. The Pioneers were led, through the rain soaked two-day tournament, by junior Carly Bergin (Binghamton, N.Y.) who finished in a tie for third individually at 114 and earned a spot on the ECAC All-Tournament Team. Bergin finished day one in a tie for second with a two-over par 74 (38-36).
Sophomore Gabriella Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) broke into the top ten, tied for eighth overall, with a 27-hole score of 118. She shot a 76 on Sunday, with an even par 35 on the back nine, followed up by a 42 on Monday. Michelle Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) finished only two strokes back of her sister with a 120, third best for the Pioneers.
Sophomore Claire McGovern (Escondido, Calif.) rounded out the scoring for SHU by shooting identical 43s on day one and booking her best score of the tournament on Monday, a 40, to register a 126. Freshman Jennifer Clinton shot a 133 for the tournament, including a 41 on the back nine of Sunday's round one.
As a team, Sacred Heart sat in second place after the first round. The team totaled a score of 314, one stroke off the pace set by FDU.
Boston College (486), Fairfield (486), and Dartmouth (489) rounded out the top five for the tournament. Dartmouth's Sarah Knapp shot a 109 to become the ECAC Individual Medalist Winner. Emily Linn (112), of Hartford, scored a 112 to be named the Runner-Up Individual Medalist Winner. Michele Holewarth (FDU, 114), and Katie Reid (Central Connecticut, 115) were also on the All-Tournament Team.