October 1, 2003|
Cougars Gear Up for GLVC Tourney
After the best fall season in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf history, the Cougars will travel to Edinburgh, Ind., for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Golf Championships.
SIUE will be in search of its first-ever team championship when the tournament gets underway Saturday morning at Timbergate Golf Course.
"We are looking good," Coach Larry Bennett said. "We are playing as well as we ever have."
The Cougars practically re-wrote the record books during the fall season, setting both team and individual records.
"We are coming together as a team," Bennett said. "They are drawing strength and confidence from each other."
Senior Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) enters the tournament as the defending individual champion and with an 83.0 scoring average. Senior Katie Farrell (Princeton) has an 82.4 scoring average on the season. Freshman Kallie Harrison (Decatur) enters the conference tournament with a team-leading 80.0 scoring average.
"Those three definitely have a chance to be up there," Bennett said. "Brittany Auld (Nashville) and Brittany Hood (Coulterville) have also been playing well and could be near the top. I look for everyone to play well."
As a team, the Cougars rank fourth in the NCAA Region with a 327.00 scoring average. That mark is the 11th best in all of NCAA Division II women's golf.
The tournament figures to be more competitive than in past years. The conference boasts four teams in the top 25 in NCAA-II head-to-head rankings with Northern Kentucky in seventh, Southern Indiana in eighth, and Indianapolis in 11th. SIUE is ranked 25th nationally.
"The conference is looking real strong at the top," Bennett said. "It will be a dog-fight. It is going to be fun and everyone is looking forward to it."