• Lillie Burke

Fish tees up a win at Town and Country Invitational, Bruins place second overall

Senior golfer Cameron Fish collected another individual win as the women’s team continued their fall season play in Nashville this week at the Town and Country Invitational.

Swinging from McCabe Golf Course starting early Monday morning, the Bruins finished second overall just behind conference rival Austin Peay State University Tuesday afternoon.

After an even-par round of 72 strokes on day one by Fish, the back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Golfer of the Week, shot 71 on day two, banking yet another No. 1 individual title following her October victory at the Butler Fall Invitational in Indianapolis.

Monday and Tuesday, however, the team played just 10 minutes down the road at McCabe Golf Course — territory they were familiar with from practice rounds.

“It’s a good field,” head coach Olivia Jordan said. “I think they feel comfortable and confident out here.”

And the Bruins’ confidence showed on the opening 18 holes, where Fish and fellow senior Maribeth Peevy started out strong.

Calm and composed on the course, Peevy wrapped up her first round 1 over par. Keeping her momentum into the last 18 holes, the senior placed fifth individually with a total score of 148 after two days of play, tying her career-best finish at Belmont.

Seniors Maribeth Peevy (left) and Cameron Fish preparing for their next shots. Belmont Vision / Nikiah Perry.

With unusually strong and tricky winds on day one, the Bruins played well and collected strength from supporters joining them on the course, Jordan said.

“Having people watching is fun for them,” she said. “And overall, I think they’re doing really, really good.”

Freshman Rebecka Ringström also opened the tournament strong, shooting a 76 in the first round. Ending on a 78-stroke, 11th-place finish, the freshman marked her top individual performance so far on the team.

Clocking in just a stroke below Ringström, freshman Delia Gibbs recorded another top-10 finish this fall, landing on a total of 154 over 36 holes.

Freshman Rebecka Ringström on the 18th hole. Belmont Vision / Nikiah Perry.

Freshman Kendall Maynard struggled on Monday, playing a pair of 79-stroke rounds and drawing with junior Lily Gulley at 12th place.

So far this season, women’s golf has collected one team win and two second place finishes as well as three victories and seven top-10 finishes in individual play.

And Fish’s win, as well as the other shared victories of the team, made the Town and Country Invitational a success in the Bruins’ books.

“You can’t really ask for more than that,” Jordan said. “I knew they had it in them.”

Next up, Belmont women’s golf will take on their last rounds of the fall Nov. 7-9 at the French Broad Collegiate Invitational in Asheville, North Carolina.

PHOTO: Cameron Fish, winner of the 2021 Town and Country Invitational. Belmont Vision / Nikiah Perry.

This story was written by Jessica Mattsson.

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