April 26, 2004|
SIUE Women’s Golf Adds Three Standout Players
After advancing to the NCAA Tournament now for the second straight season, Coach Larry Bennett has added three standouts to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s golf lineup for this upcoming fall.
SIUE has signed Kelly Morris (Normal), Rachel Roberg (Rice Lake, Wis.), and Jessie Tiffe (Brookfield, Wis.) to National Letters of Intent for fall 2004. All four join SIUE’s women’s golf program as freshman and will have four years of eligibility.
Bennett said he expects the signing of this trio should keep the Cougars among the elite in the East region if not the nation.
“Kelly has had a lot of high caliber competition, having played at the state championships for four years,” said Bennett. Morris helped University High School in Normal to two third-place finishes, a fourth-place finish and a fifth-place finish. The three-time All-Conference selection plans to study broadcast journalism.
Roberg has been the No. 1 player for Rice Lake High School, where she placed 29th in the state championships as a junior and 13th as a senior in Division 1. Bennett said Roberg has a personal swing coach and should benefit from that down the road. “Her best golf is still ahead of her,” said Bennett. He expects Roberg will contend for one of the top three spots in the lineup as a freshman.
Tiffe, who played in the No. 1 position for Brookfield Central High School, finished sixth this past season at the Division 1 state championships in Wisconsin. Bennett said he expects Tiffe, the Milwaukee Metro Player of the Year, also will compete for a top position in the Cougar lineup.
Tiffe, who earned All-State honors her junior and senior seasons, holds school records for lowest nine-hole score (36) and lowest 18-hole score (75).
“She is a very solid all-around player and is tournament-tested,” said Bennett.