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Rapid Recap: Braves tie for ninth at Johnie Imes Invitational

Maria Perakis fires away at the Nittany Lion Invitational. Photo courtesy of Bradley Athletics/Josh Schwam

The Bradley women’s golf team has been fairly consistent all year, but are still looking for a top-five finish as a team. The Braves tied for ninth place this week at the Johnie Imes Invitational, featuring a headlining performance by freshman Allison Pacocha.

The Braves shot a total of 913 (49-over-par) at the 14-team competition, tying with Arkansas State in ninth, and finishing six shots behind South Dakota.

Bradley shot a total of 310  in the first round, 296 in the second and 307 on the final day to achieve the score of 913 at the tournament hosted by the University of Missouri.

Pacocha continued the hot start to her college career, shooting a team-low 11-over-par 227 featuring a one-over-par 73 in the second round. Senior Mara Flaherty finished second on the team, firing a 13-over-par 229. Sophomore Maria Perakis carded a cumulative total of a 14-over-par 230, firing a 74 in round two.

Junior Grace Aromando shot a 18-over-par over the three rounds and fifth-year senior Megan Welch rounded out the Braves with a 23-over-par 239.

Junior Harriet Barker, who boasts a scoring average of 78 within the first two competitions, did not compete this week.

The Braves got off to a slower start at Illinois State and grew substantially better at Penn State before taking a slight step back at Missouri this weekend. However, if they capitalize on their abilities to bounce back and take better shots, especially at home, the team could end this season with incredible results.

Next weekend, women’s golf will host the Bradley Coyote Creek Classic for their only home meet of the season. Last year, the Braves finished fifth at the same tournament and Welch tied for eighth individually and a replicated performance this time around may help the Braves take the next step this year. The tournament will take place on Oct. 8-9.

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