Shaina Rennegarbe leads the Salukis and is tied for second overall in the tournament.
Oct. 29, 2012
By John Lock
BOONVILLE, Ind. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team leads the Charles Braun, Jr., Intercollegiate after one round. All five SIU golfers are in the top-25 individuals in the 71-player tournament. The final round will begin tomorrow with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.
The round was played under heavy winds and cold temperatures. The start of the round was delayed about an hour due to a heavy frost. Tomorrow's tee time has already been pushed back an hour due to anticipated frost.
"We displayed our toughness today," head coach Alexis Mihelich said. "We had to mentally battle the conditions. We did a good job the entire round of keeping our scores as low as possible. We are doing an awesome job of staying focused. We are a team that won't let anything get in the way of what we set out to do."
The Salukis are leading the tournament by six strokes over both Indiana State and Northern Iowa. Eastern Kentucky is the next-closest competitor, 12 shots behind the Salukis. The Salukis are shooting for their second tournament win of the year and the sixth team tournament win of the Mihelich era. The Salukis won the SIUE Intercollegiate earlier this year.
Senior Shaina Rennegarbe led the way and is tied for second individually in the tournament after firing a first-round 75. Rennegarbe will start the day three shots back from the tournament leader.
"Shaina is a consistent player, and I'm pleased to see her near the top of the leaderboard," Mihelich said. "Her game is peaking at the right moment here in our last tournament."
Cassie Rushing (77) and Amy Lee (77) are both tied for sixth in the tournament. Ashleigh Rushing (79) sits two strokes behind and is tied for 14th after the first round. Mattie Lindner shot an 81 in the first round and is tied for 23rd.
Tomorrow's 18 holes will mark the end of the fall season for the Salukis.
1.) Southern Illinois: 308
t-2.) Indiana State: 314
t-2.) Northern Iowa: 314
4.) Eastern Kentucky: 320
5.) Butler: 325
6.) Evansville: 326
7.) Dayton: 328
8.) SIU-Edwardsville: 330
9.) Creighton: 331
10.) Southern Indiana: 335
11.) Nebraska-Omaha: 345
* 11 teams, 71 individuals