Oct. 10, 2009
PISCATAWAY, NJ - The sister team of Gabriella and Michelle Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) led the Pioneers to a fourth-place finish in the 18-team Rutgers Invitational on Saturday with strong finishes, but it was the ability of sophomore Carly Bergin (Binghamton, NY) and Claire McGovern (Escondido, CA) to improve their round-one scores by a combined 27 strokes that helped the Pioneers leapfrog several teams in the standings.
The 311 the Pioneers fired in the final round was the second lowest by any team, topped only by tournament winner Boston College. BC won the event with a combined 616 with St. John's second at 622, Rutgers third at 627 and the Pioneers in fourth at 639.
Gabriella Riber finished fifth in the medalist standings with rounds of 75 and 78. Michelle was seventh with a pair of 77's. Michelle Hozwarth of FDU won the medalist race with a 149 total (73, 76).
Bergin struggled to an 88 in her opening round but came back with an impressive 76 on Saturday on the par-72 Rutgers Golf Course. The most dramatic turnaround was McGovern's as she shot an 80 in her second round have posting a 95 in round one.
The Pioneers are back in action on October 18 and 19 when they host the Sacred Heart Invitational at Great River Golf Club in Milford.