Salukis in third place after Day One of Payne Stewart Memorial

    Senior Ashleigh Rushing leads SIU with a first-round 72.

    Senior Ashleigh Rushing leads SIU with a first-round 72.
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    Oct. 14, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Saluki women's golf sits in third place at the Payne Stewart Memorial at Missouri State on Monday after shooting a first-round 300 before the second round was suspended due to darkness.

    All five of Southern's scoring competitors shot below 80 in the first round for the second straight week. The Salukis are only four strokes behind first-place Oral Roberts (296) and three strokes behind Wichita State (297) for second place.

    Senior Ashleigh Rushing led the way with a first-round 72, which ties her for third overall after one complete round. The round is Rushing's best in 2013 and her best overall since Sept. 17, 2012, when she shot a 71 at the Drake Creek Invitational.

    Junior Kris Grimes continued her recent success with a first-round 74, which ties her for 10th place overall after one round. The round is the second-best single-round score in Grimes' SIU career.

    Senior Cassie Rushing was SIU's third-best finisher on the day with a first-round 75, which was good for a tie for 13th. The round is Rushing's 64th below 80 in her SIU career, which ranks second all-time behind Kelly Gerlach's 69.

    Rounding out SIU's scoring members were freshmen Brooke Cusumano (tied for 39th, 79) and Xianmei Jin (tied for 39th, 79). Sophomore Mattie Lindner competed as an individual, where she sits tied for 61st overall after shooting a first-round 82.

    Day Two will begin with the conclusion of round two at 8:30 a.m., followed by the third and final round of the memorial tournament.

    Individual Results:
    t-3. Ashleigh Rushing: 72
    t-10. Kris Grimes: 74
    t-13. Cassie Rushing: 75
    t-39. Brooke Cusumano: 79
    t-39. Xianmei Jin: 79

    Team Results:
    1. Oral Roberts: 296
    2. Wichita State: 297
    3. Southern Illinois: 300
    4. North Dakota State: 303
    5. Arkansas Little-Rock: 306
    6. Northern Iowa: 308
    7. Missouri State: 311
    8. Oklahoma City: 315
    t-9. Drake: 316
    t-9. Valparaiso: 316
    11. South Dakota State: 319
    12. Drury: 321
    t-13. South Dakota: 322
    t-13. Redlands CC: 322
    15. Bradley: 324
    16. UMKC: 325
    17. Creighton: 334