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    October 17, 2000

    Little Rock, Ark. -

    The record book took a beating when the Southern Illinois University Carbondale women's golf team placed fifth at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Lady Trojan Invitational with a team score of 901. Five team records and four individual records were supplanted when the dust finally settled.

    "Obviously I was very pleased," Coach Diane Daugherty said. "Everything was great including the conditions. The golf course was link style and is open and what makes it real tough is the fast greens and the wind. Luckily the wind was down and there was a kind of a misty rain on Monday and it makes for the greens to hold. So it was perfect scorable day and we rose to the occasion."

    Junior Alison Hiller shot a 215 to finish second in the tournament, but finished the third round with a career low 69 to break the individual 18-hole record of 70 formerly held by Gi Magnusson set in March of 1985 and the best third round score of 73 set by Jamie Smith in 1998. Her 54-hole score of 215 smashed the previous record by 12 strokes set by Lieschen Eller in 1994 and her first round score of 70 edged her own record round of 71 she set as a freshman.

    "I was so proud of Alison," Daugherty said. "It was her second great tournament in the last 10 days and there is not a harder worker on the team. It was a positive way to end the fall." The team records that were obliterated were the all-time team low of 301 (295), the all-time 36-hole scores of 613 (604), the all-time 54-hole score of 924 (901), the best first round score of 304 (295) and the best second round score of 301 (297). Most of those records were 18 years old excluding the 36-hole record with was set in 1997. SIU finished 27 strokes off the pace set by Oklahoma and beat MVC foe Bradley by eight strokes.

    "I have nothing but good things to say about the fall," Daugherty said. "We played a lot of good competition and in a lot of different conditions from the altitude an link style in Arizona to the cold in Arkansas. We took third places in Illinois State and Northern Iowa and beat Bradley two out of three times and they are the highest ranked team in our conference in terms of team average. We also beat Northern Iowa two out of three times and last week Wichita State took us by three shots and that is nothing. Our goal at the end of the year is to win our conference championship again. If we do that we get an NCAA berth and with continued hard work that is a very attainable goal."



    The Salukis played five fall tournaments starting with the Illinois State Red Bird Classic Sept. 9-10 where they finished third with a two-day score of 644. Liz Uthoff was top dawg on the team finishing second overall with a score 154. Next up was the Northern Iowa Classic Sept. 17-18 where SIU again finished third improving its team score by 17 strokes over the Illinois State total by shooting a 627. Uthoff and Andrea Turner shot 156 to finish tied for ninth and Hiller shot a 158 good for a tie for 17.

    The Dawgs finished September at the Northern Arizona Lumberjack Women?s Golf Invitational and ended up 13 out of 19 with a team score of 654. Uthoff was again the top finisher coming in tied for 23 with a score of 157. Hiller was not far behind tied for 49 finishing with a 164.

    The Salukis opened October competing at the Arkansas State 2000 Lady Indian Classic with Hiller finding her stride and finishing second with a score of 151. SIU finished ninth overall with Uthoff coming in next in a tie for 29 at 162. And that brought us to the final fall tournament at Arkansas-Little Rock and the record-breaking performance by the team and Hiller.

    "What a way to go out," Daugherty said. "We beat Bradley, which is a very strong team, and that gives us a lot of confidence going into the spring."

    The top four golfers all season long have been the senior Uthoff, Hiller a junior and two sophomores Jennifer Shutt and Andrea Turner. Hiller averaged 77.2 for 18-holes during the five tournaments with Uthoff next at 78, Shutt at 81.5 and Turner at 81.7. Junior Kendra Hood qualified for three tournaments and averaged an 87.

    Daugherty also had a chance to see all of her entire roster play under tournament conditions except Carbondale Community High School freshmen Sara and Stefanie Pate, who are both leaning towards red-shirting. Sophomore Ashley Welch played three of the five tournaments with an 18-hole average of 84.2. Freshmen Megan Tarrolly and Amy Rankin both qualified to play at Arkansas State and with Tarrolly shooting a 173 good for an 86.5 average and Rankin a 175 for 87.5.

    "It is a big adjustment from high school golf to college golf," Daugherty said. "If I had my way I would have probably red-shirted Tarrolly and maybe Rankin. The Pates I've left it up to them. They are both convinced that they are going to be a lot better four more years from now than they are currently. We travel our first two trips of the spring and we are not going to qualify. We are going to go off of low averages and the five who made this last trip have the lowest averages, so it's going be our home tournament again (March 25-26) until we see Rankin and Tarrolly in competition. They are an important part of our team by pushing the upper classmen to a different level and making this team better."

    UALR Lady Trojan Invitational

    Final Results

     1. Univ. of Oklahoma       292-293-289 = 874
     2. Arkansas State Univ.    293-296-298 = 887
     3. Univ. of North Texas    297-301-296 = 894
     4. Arkansas-Little Rock    300-295-301 = 896
     5. Univ. of Illinois       297-304-300 = 901
        Southern Illinois Univ. 295-309-297 = 901
     7. Bradley Univ.           295-306-306 = 907
     8. Univ. of New Orleans    300-308-300 = 908
     9. Sam Houston State Univ. 308-305-298 = 911
    10. Troy State Univ.        300-308-304 = 912
    11. Univ. of Iowa           300-306-310 = 916
        Jacksonville State      300-319-297 = 916
    13. Lamar Univ.             318-304-310 = 932
    14. Univ. of Texas El Paso  308-315-314 = 937
    16. Oral Roberts Univ.      317-310-312 = 939
    17. McNeese State Univ.     321-326-322 = 969
        Texas-Pan American      317-323-329 = 969

    Top Ten Finishers

    1. Sofia Josefsson     UALR            70-71-73 = 214
    2. Alison Hiller       So. Ill.        70-76-69 = 215
       Nina Reis           No. Texas       69-73-73 = 215
    4. Lisa Meldrum        Oklahoma        73-70-75 = 218
       Allison Johnson     Oklahoma        71-74-73 = 218
    6. Vicky Resnick       Sam Houston St. 74-75-71 = 220
       Laurin Kanda        Illinois        72-77-71 = 220
       Linda Chen          UTEP            72-77-71 = 220
       Shellie Wenzel      Ark. St.        71-72-77 = 220
       Jennifer Tannehill  Oklahoma        76-74-70 = 220

    Southern Illinois University Finishers

    T2   Alison Hiller     70-76-69 = 215
    T16  Elizabeth Uthoff  72-77-75 = 224
    T46  Andrea Turner     78-77-77 = 232
    T57  Jennifer Shutt    75-79-81 = 235
    T82  Ashley Welch      85-87-76 = 248