by Zack Fulkerson, Daily Vidette Staff Writer

The ISU women’s golf team started off on the right foot Monday and Tuesday, leading the 15-team-field in the first round, dropping to eighth in the second, and ultimately finishing in eleventh after the third round.

The team looks to find some consistency as they get ready to head to Kansas for their next event.

“When you look at a team that shoots 289 and then begin reflecting on our final round, we flat out didn’t get it done,” head coach Darby Sligh said. “We didn’t do our job. We must figure out a way to become more consistent across the line up.

“Katie [Jean] had another solid performance, but as a team, we missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on a great start to this event.”

Senior Katie Jean shot for her second top-ten-finish at the Cardinal Cup Invitational in Simpsonville, Ky.  Jean had a four-over-par performance, which placed her in eighth as an individual.

The Redbirds carded a team score of 926 (289-317-320) after three, falling to ten other teams and leaving them trailing 30 strokes behind first place.
Jean led the way for the Redbirds, swinging for a three-round score of 220 (70-76-74).  This performance was eleven strokes short of first place for individuals.

The Redbirds earliest score of 289 made them the first place contender after the first round.  This put them three places above challenger Louisville, who ultimately won the Cardinal Cup after rallying a score of 896 (294-297-305) in three rounds. 

“[The] first round is what we’ve been looking for a long time now,” Sligh said. “We showed focus and poise coming down the stretch and Rachel [Powers] and Katie [Jean] played incredibly solid golf all day long.

“With wind and rain setting in during the second round, we just could not get a grasp on things and let shots slip away. We have to take a positive step…and think about the incredibly successful first round that led the field and threatened to break the school record.”

Junior Rachel Powers rounded out with a score of 228 (68-78-82).  Powers’ first round score of 68 was the best in the field in that round, but she ultimately tied for 27th overall after three rounds.

Sophomore Hayley Guyton, shot for 239 (76-80-83), three strokes better than junior Jordyn Wyzgowski who swung for 242 (75-86-81) in 54 holes.

Freshman Courtnee Cossell rounded out the ISU team lineup and recorded a final score of 255 (84-83-88).

Carlee Cossell competed as an individual, finishing with a three-round score of 265 (85-89-91).

The Redbirds will hit the road again bound for Lawrence, Kan., on Sept. 24, where they will compete in the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Tournament.

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