Sophomore Ashleigh Rushing posted a 76, just one stroke behind twin sister Cassie Rushing in day one of the MVC Championships
April 22, 2012
By Megan Kramper
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Southern Illinois women’s golf team sits in a tie for sixth place after the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Sunday.
The Salukis struggled in the opening round, shooting a team score of 313 led by Cassie Rushing, who tied for sixth place after 18 holes at the Country Club of Terre Haute. They are tied with host Indiana State heading into tomorrow’s second of three rounds.
Rushing posted a 75 in the first round as she birdied three holes but was set back on the 18th where she posted a double bogey.
Ashleigh Rushing was tabbed as the Salukis No. 5 golfer heading into the tournament but posted the second-best round of the day in a tie for 11th with a 76.
The remaining three Salukis carded rounds in the 80s as Shaina Rennegarbe tied for 30th with an 80 and Alisha Matthews tied for 39th with an 82. Margaret Gilley finished with a tied for 41st performance shooting an 84.
“It was a disappointing first day but with two more rounds left I am optimistic we can bounce back,” SIU head coach Alexis Mihelich said.
Northern Iowa leads the field of 10 teams with a 299 and Katie Tabbert leading the way as she posted an even par 72 in Sunday’s round. Missouri State (300), Bradley (305), Illinois State (305), and Wichita State (311) round out the top five in day one.
Round two is set for a 9:30 a.m. CT start and will be a round of 18 holes. The tournament is a 54-hole tournament set for conclusion on Tuesday.
Southern Illinois – 313
MVC Championship Team Scores
1. Northern Iowa 299
2. Missouri State 300
T3. Bradley 305
T3. Illinois State 305
5. Wichita State 311
T6. Indiana State 313
T6. Southern Illinois 313
8. Drake 323
9. Evansville 327
10. Creighton 337