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    Oct. 21, 2012

    By John Lock

    What: Blue Raider Invitational
    Where: Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
    When: 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 22; 18 holes on Tuesday, Oct. 23
    Course Details: Par 72, 6,177 yards
    Participating Teams (18): Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Peay, Belmont, Jacksonville State, Lamar, UMKC, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee Tech, UTEP, Troy, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee

    Murfreesboro, Tenn. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team is set for the Blue Raider Invitational, hosted on Oct. 22-23 by Middle Tennessee State. The tournament format calls for 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 22, and 18 holes on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The 18 participating teams will play at the Par 72, 6,177-yard Old Fort Golf Club.

    The Salukis played in the event last year and finished sixth of 13 teams. Seven other teams also return to the field after participating last year. Northern Iowa, who didn't participate in 2011, is the only other Missouri Valley Conference school in the field.

    Host Middle Tennessee State won the tournament last year by 14 strokes over Lamar, who also returns to the field in 2012. For the Salukis, Ashleigh Rushing, Cassie Rushing and Shaina Rennegarbe return to the tournament in 2012 after participating in 2011. Cassie Rushing and Rennegarbe tied for 21st overall last year with a three-round score of 230.

    Southern is coming off a third-place finish at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate last Monday and Tuesday. Ashleigh Rushing led a charge of four Salukis in the top 20 at the 61-player tournament. Rushing placed ninth to post a top-10 finish for the third consecutive tournament.