August 27, 2001|
Women’s Golf Opens Up in Michigan
The SIUE women’s golf will be taking a quick tour of Michigan golf courses this week. First, the Cougars play in a tournament at Ferris State this Saturday and Sunday and then head to a two-day tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Grand Valley State.
“We are playing in the tournament at Grand Valley State because they are hosting the national tournament in the spring,” said Bennett. “I want the girls to know they can play the course and play at that level so they’ll want to make it back in the spring.”
“I don’t know who will be making the trip yet,” said Bennett. “It depends on how things look this week at practice.” The team’s only senior, Spring Riley (Salem), normally plays among in the top five but injured her foot in the preseason and will not make the trip.
“Katie Ferrell (Princeton) is ready to go and will shoot one or two for us this year.” Team newcomer, Deanna Bock (Edwardsville), will make the trip. “I want to see how she hits in a tournament.” Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) and Beth Gumbel (Mahomet) also will likely make the trip.
“Gruenkemeyer has been hitting the ball real well. She hit in the three and four position for us last year,” said Bennett. “Gumbel is hitting 10 to 12 strokes better than she was last year. She is hitting the ball well.”
”We will see really good competition,” said Bennett. There will be a number of regional and conference schools at the tournaments. The trip will be the longest of the year with four days on the road.
“The four days will test a lot and show us were we are physically,” said Bennett.
”If we are going to be able to compete the girls must be up to the travel, must be able to shoot better each day and must be up to the wear and tear.”
Bennett said he has only short-term goals for the team. “I just want them to play better each day,” he said. “As long as the scores get better each time, I will be satisfied.”