August 30, 2004|
Women’s Golf To Defend GLVC Title
SIUE women’s golf coach Larry Bennett will add some young faces to a team that will try and defend its Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship from a year ago. Bennett added four new golfers to the program in the off-season, and he looks for those four freshmen to make contributions from the start.
“The new girls are seasoned golfers and they were tournament tested in high school,” said Bennett.
Returning for the Cougars is 2003 GLVC Freshman of the Year Kallie Harrison (Decatur), who will start off in the No. 1 spot for SIUE. Junior Brittany Hood (Coulterville) is the oldest person on the team, and she will begin the year at No. 2. “She is a competitor,” said Bennett. “She has the most experience.”
SIUE will look to four freshmen to fill the rest of the lineup. Included in those freshmen are two Wisconsin natives. Jessie Tiffe (Brookfield, Wis.) was voted the best player in the greater Milwaukee area and played on the Wisconsin State Championship team. Rachel Roberg (Rice Lake, Wis.) was No. 1 on her high school team and finished in the top 20 in the state.
Two Illinois natives round out the freshman on the team, Natalie Conway (McLeansboro) was the Tri-state Player of the Year in southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and northwest Kentucky. Kelly Morris (Normal) was a standout in high school playing in several state tournaments. “Her short game is good,” said Bennett. “We are going to be able to count on her.”
Bennett looks for his team to compete for another GLVC title, but he knows the team has to practice on a key area. “One thing that needs the most work is the short game, and we all need to work on that.”
The Cougars will open the season on September 6-7 at the Grand Valley State Laker Fall Classic. SIUE will return home for the Cougar Classic at Fox Creek Golf Course on September 12-13.