Cassie Rushing earns MVC Golfer of the Week

    Cassie Rushing won her first tournament of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday.

    Cassie Rushing won her first tournament of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday.
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    Oct. 24, 2012

    By John Lock

    ST. LOUIS - Cassie Rushing has been named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. Rushing won the Blue Raider Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, posting a career-best 54-hole score of 217.

    Rushing's score was five strokes better than her previous 54-hole career best. It was the second win of her career; she also won the Saluki Invitational last spring. Dating back to her first win, Rushing has posted two individual tournament wins in her last nine tournaments for the Salukis.

    Rushing has now earned an MVC Golfer of the Week honor in each of her three seasons at SIU. She earned the conference laurel after a strong showing at the NIU Snowbird in the spring of 2011 and her first career tournament win at the Saluki Invitational in the spring of 2012.

    Rushing's performance at the Blue Raider Invitational led the Salukis to a fourth-place finish. The Salukis finished two places higher and 12 strokes better than they did in the same tournament last year. The 54-hole team score (908) was the best of the Mihelich era by eight strokes.

    Rushing is the second SIU golfer to win the weekly honor from the MVC. Amy Lee also earned the honor after winning the SIUE/DoubleTree Intercollegiate. Head coach Alexis Mihelich has now guided Saluki golfers to individual tournament wins in seven of the 16 tournaments she's coached at Southern Illinois.

    The Salukis close the fall season at the Braun Intercollegiate in Boonville, Ind., next Monday and Tuesday.