Despite a delay in the second round due to darkness, the Illinois State women’s golf team ended its fall season tied for 14th place at the Hoosier Fall Invitational with a team score of 919.
After one round of play, ISU was tied with Boston College for fourth place. In front of ISU were Purdue in first and UC Davis in second.
“In a bitter, cold and rainy start to our day, this team came out with a lot of heart,” Head Coach Darby Sligh said.
Rachel Powers led the Redbirds, who shot 1-over-par 72 and was tied for second place in the individual competition.
On Saturday, the second round of the day was delayed due to darkness and scheduled to continue Sunday. “I know we [needed] a very big push Sunday to stay in the top of the field,” Sligh said.
When round two resumed on Sunday, the ’Birds fell to 14th place while UC Davis took the top score. Below ISU on the scoreboard were Eastern Michigan and Rutgers University.
Hayley Guyton competed both days of the tournament and tied for 49th place with a score of 231 and a 2-over-par 73 in round two. Jordyn Wyzgowski finished with a score of 234, just one stroke in front of Brianna Cooper’s 235. Maggie Ambrose topped off the lineup with a score of 244 after all three rounds of competition.
“We’ve had our ups and downs this season, but this might be one of our most disappointing efforts,” Sligh said.
Powers continued to lead the team in the individual tournament by finishing in a tie for 20th place.
Other individuals that competed in the invitational were Courtnee Cossell and Carlee Cossell who ended the tournament with scores of 249 and 260, respectively.
“This is the same song and dance of getting into position and falling back,” Sligh said. “We will attack this pattern in the off season and come back more prepared.”
As the Hoosier Fall Invitational marks the end of the team’s fall season, it will have nearly four months before the spring season starts. The Redbirds begin their spring season on Feb. 17 at the Amelia Island Collegiate in Amelia Island, Fla.
“This team is talented and is close to breaking through, but we must learn to execute down the stretch,” Sligh said.