SAVANNAH, GA (March 6, 2012) - The Sacred Heart men's and women's golf teams opened the 2012 spring season playing at the Lonnie Barton Invitational at The Club at Savannah Harbor hosted by LIU Brooklyn. Both the Pioneer men and women finished second at the event.
On the men's side, SHU led after day one, shooting a team score of 309. On Tuesday, the Pioneers carded a 308 but High Point shot a 292 to win the event with a two-day score of 605. For the women, the Pioneers were in second place after day one's 333, trailing the host Blackbirds by six strokes. LIU held on for the win with a second day score of 320, holding off the Pioneers who shot a 326 for two day score of 659.
Two Pioneers finished in the top-10 in the field of 40 golfers in senior Leopoldo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and junior Josh Salah (Gloucester, MA). Garcia finished second shooting a 75 on day one and a 73 on day two. Salah finished fourth with a two-day total 152 (77-75).
For the women, seniors Gabriella Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) and Carly Bergin (Binghamton, NY) finished second and third respectively. Riber shot a 76 on day one and finished with a two day total of 157, two strokes off the winning score posted by LIU's Cristina Santamaria. Bergin was one stroke back, carding an 81 on Monday and a 77 on Tuesday.
The Pioneer men are back in action at the Fireline Towson Invitational. The SHU women are up next at the C&F Bank Invitational in Williamsburg, VA.