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    March 2, 2006

    The Southern Illinois women's golf team is in 15th place after the first round of competition at the fourth annual Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz. The Salukis shot a team total of 323.

    Christine Zoerlein is tied for 33rd place after day one, shooting an 8-over-par 79.

    Samantha Sutzer had two birdies and is tied for 59th place with teammate Braidy Hood. Both golfers carded an 81.

    Abbigail Johnson is tied for 69th place in her first competition of the year. Josie Lowder finished the round with an 83, followed by Kate Laegeler with an 84.

    The team began the day golfing extremely well, even breaking into the top five. Things started to go down hill as the day went on, ultimately putting the Salukis toward the bottom of the pack.

    "We didn't finish strong at all," said golf coach Diane Daugherty. "We were playing very well at the beginning, but we really leaked oil coming home."

    "I am disappointed because the team is disappointed. We had way too many big numbers on the day."

    The tournament is being held at the par-71, 6,073-yard White Wing Golf Course. Northwestern University leads the 17-team field with team score of 302.

    Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.

    Team Scoring
    1 Northwestern Univ. 302
    2 Western Michigan U. 307
    3 Iowa, U. of 308
    4 Texas Tech Univ 309
    5 Michigan 310
    T6 Illinois, U. of 311
    T6 Missouri State 311
    8 Eastern Michigan 312
    9 Bradley University 313
    10 Toledo, U. of 315
    T11 Ohio University 316
    T11 Indiana University 316
    T13 Arkansas-Little Rock 322
    T13 Bowling Green State 322
    15 Southern Illinois U. 323
    16 Ball State 329
    17 Xavier University 332



    Individual Scores
    15 Southern Illinois 323
    T33 Christine Zoerlein 79
    T59 Braidy Hood 81
    T59 Samantha Sutzer 81
    T69 Abbigail Johnson 82
    T79 Josie Lowder 83
    T86 Kate Laegeler 84
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