Women's golf heads to Drake Creek Invitational

    Cassie Rushing tied for 11th to pace SIU in the first tournament of the year.

    Cassie Rushing tied for 11th to pace SIU in the first tournament of the year.
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    Sept. 16, 2012

    By John Lock

    What: Drake Creek Invitational
    Where: Ledbetter, Ky.; Drake Creek Golf Club
    When: Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17-18
    Course Details: Par 72; 6,178 yards
    Teams (11): Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Central Arkansas, Columbia, Drake, Jackson State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Tennessee State

    LEDBETTER, Ky. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team travels to Murray State for the fourth annual Drake Creek Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. The tournament features 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.

    Southern is competing in the tournament for the first time. In the first tournament of 2012, SIU finished seventh at the Redbird Invitational. Ashleigh Rushing and Cassie Rushing led the Salukis, tying for 11th individually.

    Freshmen Amy Lee and Mattie Lindner competed in their first collegiate rounds, placing third and fourth, respectively, for the Salukis. Another newcomer, Alexis Gatton, competed as an individual. Senior Shaina Rennegarbe tied with Lindner for the fourth spot on the team.

    The Salukis shook off a second-round score of 323 to post a 311 in the third round at the Redbird Invitational, which was the second-best score in the round.