A day after both setting and tying program team and individual records, Siena Women’s Golf and junior Sara Riso took things a step further Sunday. Riso shot a new program record low round score of 69 to win the Dartmouth Invitational at the Hanover Country Club in Hanover, New Hampshire. As a team, the Saints finished fifth overall after setting a new program record 36-hole score of 611.
Riso overcame a five-stroke deficit entering the Final Round to defeat Quinnipiac’s Luciana Tobia by two strokes to capture the 29th individual title in program history and the first outright since Kylie Strijek ‘14 won the 2014 MAAC Championship. Riso, who on Saturday had tied Laura Woolgar ’07 for the lowest individual round in program history after shooting 70, set a new program low round vs. par Sunday of -3.
Riso’s 36-hole score of 139 also bested the previous program individual two round record score of 145 set by Catherine Shomo ‘11 over the first two rounds of the Yale Intercollegiate on Sept. 25, 2010. To cap it all off, Riso also became the first player in Siena Women’s Golf history to record an under par score over 36 holes as she finished at -5 for the tournament.
Riso’s historic weekend helped fuel Siena’s equally impressive team score. After shooting a new program record low round score of 301 Saturday, the Saints shot 310 Sunday to shatter the previous program record 36-hole score of 619 by eight strokes which the team initially set at the Yale Intercollegiate on Sept. 25, 2010. Freshman Grace Cuttone added to the Saints’ strong weekend, shooting a Final Round score of 75 to finish in the top-20 for the tournament at +8 overall.
Quinnipiac captured the team title with a remarkable two round score of 588 to edge out UAlbany by six strokes. Host Dartmouth finished third, while Boston University was fourth, and the Saints ended up fifth in the 11-team field.
The Saints will look to build off their record setting performance when they return to action next weekend for the Hartford Invitational at Gillette Ridge Country Club in Hartford, Connecticut.