March 30, 2008
By Ryan Shaw
CARTERVILLE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team is tied for first place following a long first day of the 2008 Saluki Invitational.
The tournament was set to begin this morning with a 9 a.m. shot gun start, but was delayed by rains in the area and did not begin until almost 2 p.m.
Despite the setbacks, the Salukis finished the day with a team total of 299 through 18 holes, tying SIU for first place with conference foe Bradley.
"Obviously I'm pleased tat we're tied for first," said head coach Diane Daugherty. "I'm even more pleased that we were able to get the round in because Mother Nature has not been kind to us this spring.
"My hat's off to Steve Heckel and Crab Orchard for allowing us to play because the course was questionable and he could have said `no, you're going to do more harm than good' and not let us play. The whole goal is to get to compete and play."
Braidy Hood led the Dawgs with a 72 through the first round, which ties her for first overall in the tournament.
"I'm really pleased with Braidy's 72," said Daugherty. "I hope that's her breakthrough round because she's been struggling a little bit. Her swing and her ball striking have been really good, but she hasn't been scoring. Hopefully this will give her a lot of confidence."
The Saluki Invitational will conclude tomorrow with a final 18-hole round at Crab Orchard Golf Club in Carterville. The round is set to begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.
t1 - Southern Illinois - 299
t1 - Bradley - 299
3 - Murray State - 301
4 - Illinois State - 306
t5 - Northern Iowa - 307
t5 - Drake - 307
7 - Indiana State - 309
8 - Creighton - 310
9 - Eastern Illinois - 316
10 - Eastern Kentucky - 319
11 - Western Illinois - 334
12 - Rend Lake CC - 348