Madison, Wis. / Edgewood
St. Thomas star Doyle O'Brien (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) was both good and clutch in the Tommies' season-opening appearance over the weekend. O'Brien finished second individually and helped the Tommies surge into the team lead with a tremendous score on the second and final day of the Georgianni Memorial Invitational, hosted by UW-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis. For her outstanding 2013 debut and her role in her team's victory, O'Brien was named the first MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week for the 2013 season.
O'Brien's two-day score of 158 helped her finish second in a field of 83 players Saturday and Sunday in Eau Claire. She carded an 80 Saturday, and St. Thomas sat in second place after 18 holes. However, she scored in the 70s Sunday for the 15th time in her last 23 rounds, and her 78 helped St. Thomas surge into first place to win the 15-team tournament. O'Brien had the low score among 40 other MIAC student-athletes in the field, and was just one shot behind medalist Brit McNett-Emmerich of UW-Stout.
The Tommies and their star senior hope their winning ways can continue this weekend with a trip to Iowa for another two-day tournament. UST will compete Saturday and Sunday in the Wartburg Fall Invitational at Centennial Oaks GC in Waverly, Iowa. Wartburg was the team St. Thomas trailed after the first round of last weekend's win.