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SIUE Women's Golf Plans Benefit at Woodlands
       The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf team is planning its annual benefit golf scramble to be held at the Woodlands Golf Course on August 14th in Alton.
       The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The entry fee of $85 per person includes a round of golf, lunch, beverages and hole-in-one prizes. All proceeds benefit the SIUE women's golf program.
       For more information about playing in the event or becoming a tee sponsor, contact SIUE women's golf Coach Larry Bennett at (618) 650-3236. -siue-

Women’s Golf Signs Two More Recruits

       The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s golf team signed two players to national letters of intent for the 2000-2001 season. The addition of Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) and Brittany Auld (Nashville) pushes this recruiting class up to six members.
Gruenkemeyer will be the third Cougar who is a graduate of Salem High School. She will join freshman Ashley Collum and junior Spring Riley.

       "Salem has a strong, well-established program," said SIUE golf coach Larry Bennett. "We know what we are getting. They are well coached and can play the game well."

       "Kacy and Ashley were the top two players at Salem for two years," said Bennett. "I expect one or both of them to come in and help us immediately."

       Auld was a multi-sport athlete at Nashville High School but has decided to focus on golf in her collegiate career.

       "She’s a great athlete, so with her concentrating on golf, we should see quite a bit of improvement in her first year," said Bennett. "We don’t want to put too much pressure on her right away; she should develop a couple of years down the road."

       Katie Farrell (Princeton), Kristi Novak (Highland) and Beth Gumbel (Mahomet) round out the rest of the recruiting class for the 2000-2001 Cougars.

Women’s Golf Signs Four Players
for 2000-2001 Season

       The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s golf team has signed Katie Farrell, Kristie Novak, Beth Gumble and Ashley Collum to national letters of intent to begin play in the 2000-2001 season.
       “I am very happy with the recruiting class this year,” said Coach Larry Bennett. “Each girl is committed to golf and comes from a golf background. I am very excited about next year.”
       Farrell, of Princeton, played four years of golf at Princeton High School. As a senior, she finished 27th in the state.
       “I think Katie will step in and help the team immediately as a freshman. She hits long off the tee and plays tournament golf year round which is something we haven’t seen on the team to this point.”
       Novak, of Highland, was first team All-Metro as a senior at Highland High School. She played No. 1 for her high school team as a senior and also plays tournament golf year round.
       “Kristie’s strength is she keeps the ball in play. She avoids the penalty strokes and has a very good short game. I also look for her to step in an make an immediate impact.”
       Gumble, of Mahomet, has played golf the past couple of years at Mahomet Seymour High School.
       “Her best golf is still in front of her. I expect to take time and develop her swing off the tee.”
       Collum, of Iuka, played all four years at either No. 1 or No. 2 for her team at Salem High School.
       “Like Kristie, Ashley keeps the ball in play and her short game is definitely her strength.”