The tournament victory is the second in 2013 and the seventh under head coach Alexis Mihelich in three seasons at the helm.
Freshman Xianmei Jin is currently second overall at 143 (-1).
Rounds one and two will be played Monday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Senior Ashleigh Rushing (222) led the way for the Salukis with her fifth-place finish.
Round two was suspended due to darkness and will be concluded before round three on Tuesday.
2006-07: All-Conference honors...named MVC Golfer of the Week (Sept. 27) and co-Golfer of the Week (Nov. 1)...tied for first at the MVC Preview Tournament with a nine-over par 153...second on the team in stroke average at 77.1...Shot 22 rounds in the 70s...finished tied for 10th at the MVC Championships.
2005-06: Sat out the season following wrist surgery.
2004-05: All-Conference honors...MVC Scholar-Athlete-First-Team...Second on the team in stroke average at 78.72...Set new career high for best first-round score of 70 at the Bay Tree Classic, which ranks second all-time at SIU...Shot a total of 11 rounds in the 70s...Placed second at the Lady Indian Classic...Finished tied for 29th at the MVC Championships after being set back by an injury.
2003-04: As a freshman, was the MVC individual champion, tying for first place at the MVC Championships...in a team-high 27 rounds, she posted a 79.22 stroke average, third-best on the team...she shot 17 rounds in the 70s including a career low 74 twice in the opening round of the Texas-Pan American Tournament (Feb. 23-24) where she placed seventh and in the second round of the ISU Snowbird Intercollegiate (Mar. 11-12) where she placed third.
As a Prep: Joined the Salukis from Sparta High School, where she compiled a record of 73-12...a four-time state qualifier, she went a perfect 17-0 en route to a 10th-place finish at the state tournament as a junior...named All-South, All-Metro and team MVP in each of her four prep seasons...garnered Southern Illinoisan Golfer of the Year honors as both a junior and senior...was recently crowned SIGA Women's Golf Champion...also played basketball and softball.
Personal: Full name is Kell Ann Gerlach...majoring in political science and speech communications...born May 1, 1985...daughter of Roger and Janet Gerlach.