Sept. 24, 2012
By John Lock
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team is leading the SIUE Doubletree Intercollegiate after one round. Southern Illinois has three players among the top-10 individually, led by round-one leader Cassie Rushing. The second and final round starts tomorrow at the Sunset Hills Country Club with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
"The greens were firm and fast, and we struggled but are adjusting our speed to match the break, so I think we will improve tomorrow," head coach Alexis Mihelich said. "I'm very happy to see Cassie (Rushing) and Amy (Lee) on top of the leader board together. I know they will play some top golf tomorrow, and it will be an exciting round."
Southern was the only team with three individuals in the top 10. Cassie Rushing (78) is tied for the tournament lead with Lipscomb's Savanna Schubert. Freshman Amy Lee (79) is one shot behind the leaders and tied for third overall. Shaina Rennegarbe (83) is tied for seventh.
Rushing led all players in the first round with four birdies and was third in Par-4 scoring. Lee was one stroke behind the tournament leader in Par-5 scoring and made par on 10 holes on the day. Rennegarbe was one stroke behind Lee in Par-5 scoring and third overall in Par-5 scoring.
The team led the tournament in birdies, by two; Par-5 scoring, by three strokes; and Par-4 scoring, by five strokes. Ashleigh Rushing (86) gave SIU four of the top-20 golfers in the 60-player field. She is tied for 20th individually. Mattie Lindner (90) is tied for 44th, and Alexis Gatton (89) is tied for 38th competing as an individual.
Against Missouri Valley Conference opponents, Southern is 13 shots ahead of Evansville and 19 strokes ahead of Creighton.
The second and final round starts tomorrow at the Sunset Hills Country Club with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
t-38.) Alexis Gatton: 89*
*Competed as an individual
1.) Southern Illinois: 326
2.) Lipscomb: 337
3.) Nebraska-Omaha: 338
4.) Evansville: 339
5.) SIU-Edwardsville: 341
6.) Creighton: 345
7.) IPFW: 347
t-8.) Eastern Illinois: 349
t-8.) South Dakota: 349
Nine teams, 60 players