Women's Golf takes third at NewWave Communications Racer Classic

    Sophomore Cassie Rushing shot the lowest round on day two of the Racer Classic with a 77.

    Sophomore Cassie Rushing shot the lowest round on day two of the Racer Classic with a 77.
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    March 5, 2012

    Final Stats

    By Megan Kramper

    Racer Classic Final Results

    MURRAY, Ky. - The Southern Illinois Women's Golf team finished third in its season opener at the NewWave Communications Racer Classic Monday.

    The Salukis were led by Alisha Matthews who tied for fourth with a 158 (78, 80) which also earned her a spot on the five person All-Tournament team.

    "A third place finish is a decent start to our spring season," Head coach Alexis Mihelich said.

    As a team, the Dawgs combined for a two-day total of 642 at the Miller Memorial Golf Course, finishing 14 strokes behind winner Drury and six strokes out of second place host Murray State. They did improve their score by six strokes from day one finishing the final round of 18 holes.

    Cassie Rushing made a vast improvement in day two as she tallied the Salukis lowest round on the day with a 77 as she and Margaret Gilley both finished with a 160 in a tie for sixth.

    Shania Rennegarbe notched an 82 on day two as she combined for a score of 164 in a tie for 17th. Ryan Gilley rounded out the top five Saluki finishers with a 177 to tie for 35th.

    "As a team we didn't have any players play great but didn't have really high scores either and we didn't allow the conditions to mentally affect our games so we dealt with adversity better than we did this fall," Mihelich said.

    As individuals, Ashleigh Rushing tied for 22nd with a 167, Jennifer Bernhardt scored a 173 to finish 31st, and Amber Phillips finished 40th with a 184.



    The Salukis are back in action Mar. 15-16 at the NIU Snowbird in Tampa, Fla.

    Southern Illinois (324-318) 642
    T 4 Alisha Matthews (78,80) 158
    T 6 Cassie Rushing (83,77) 160
    T 6 Margaret Gilley (81,79) 160
    T 17 Shaina Rennegarbe (82,82) 164
    T 35 Ryann Gilley (89,88) 177
    * T 22 Ashleigh Rushing (86,81) 167
    * 31 Jennifer Bernhardt (89,84) 173
    * 40 Amber Phillips (94,90) 184
    * Denotes individual finish

    Overall Team Scores
    1. Drury University (321-307) 628
    2. Murray State (320-316) 636
    3. Southern Illinois (324-318) 642
    4. Marshall (333-317) 650
    5. Eastern Kentucky (334-317) 651
    6. Lipscomb University (358-343) 701
    7. Jackson State (351-354) 705
    8. Tennessee State (377-371) 748