EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Paced by senior Elizabeth Abbondandolo’s (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) 84, the Monmouth University women’s golf team sits with a share of seventh place after the first 18-holes of the St. John’s Invitational, held at Eisenhower Park’s Red Course.
Abbondandolo, competing in her first event of the season, took two strokes off her front-nine score with a 41 in the back-nine to finish her afternoon with an 84, allowing the senior to enter tomorrow’s final round in a tie for 23rd, while sophomore Rebecca Gaona (Howell, N.J./Howell) finished one stroke behind with an 85. Senior Michelle Rosenhouse (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) and sophomore Jessica Kavanagh (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) each shot 86 on Monday and senior Ashley Navin (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) capped off the Hawks’ lineup with an opening round 90. Playing as an individual, senior Macy Raimo (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) ended her afternoon with an 85.
St. John’s will begin tomorrow’s final round in first place, carding a 313, four strokes ahead of Siena in second. LIU Brooklyn, which ended the first day in third with a 322, is trailed by Quinnipiac in fourth with a 330, but stand three strokes in front of Albany. Hartford landed in sixth place with a 340, a shot ahead of Hofstra and the Hawks, while St. Francis Brooklyn (349) and Wagner (415) round out the top-10 of the 12-team field.
The final round of the St. John’s Invitational begins tomorrow, October 8th, at 7:30 a.m.