April 19, 2005|
Women's Golf Hosts Cougar Invitational
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf team placed second in the Cougar Invitational at Sunset Hills Country Club over the weekend.
SIUE scored a 701, 19 shots behind tournament winner Rend Lake Community College. The Cougars finished 14 shots ahead of third place Southern Indiana.
"Sunset Hills is a extremely tough golf course," said SIUE golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "We had to beat USI to solidify us for nationals. We have a good team, and we played like a team this weekend."
Brittany Hood (Coulterville) and Kallie Harrison (Decatur) finished tied for third place with a two day total of 168. Hood shot an opening round 83 and a second round 85. Harrison had an 87 the first day before finishing out the tournament with a final round 81.
"Brittany is really playing well," said Marcuzzo. "Kallie struggled the first day. Then she played really well the second day."
Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro) placed sixth with a total of 171. She shot a 84 on Sunday following that up with a 87 on Monday.
"Natalie has gotten a lot better and continues to improve," said Marcuzzo.
Kelly Morris (Normal) ended the tournament in 16th place and Ashley Hamm (Hillsboro) finished in 18th place.
The Cougars will wait to see if they are selected to the NCAA East Regional that is held on May 2-3 in Allendale, Mich.