The ISU women’s golf team took a trip to Pinehurst, N.C. to compete in the Pinehurst Challenge last Saturday and Sunday. A slow start left the team with an overall score of 325 after the first round Saturday. Because of nightfall, not all of the teams could complete their first round that day, so no place could be given after the first day of play.
The Redbirds improved in the second round on Sunday with a score of 315, a 10-stroke improvement, but the third round was abandoned as the course was ruled unplayable due to rain, leaving ISU in 11th place overall.
After the first day of play Brianna Cooper and Hayley Guyton led ISU with scores of 78. Rachel Powers set in at 82 after the first round, and Jordan Wyzgowski finished with an 87. Carlee Cossell’s first round included a score of 88, and Lauren English, competing as an individual, finished the day with a 76.
ISU head coach Darby Sligh expected a bit more from her team the first day and was hopeful for improvement during the second.
“We didn’t take advantage of the holes that we could have scored on,” Sligh said. “It’s unfortunate, because this course sets up well for us. We feel we really missed a big opportunity. We need to be more aggressive on and around the greens Sunday, especially before the rain sets in.”
ISU got to work early on Sunday, doing just what Sligh had asked for, but, just as she worried, the rain did set in.
ISU was led by Guyton who shot a 157 (78-79) for a 28th-placeshot a 157 (78-79) for a 28th-place individual finish. Cooper followed right behind Guyton with a 158 (78-80), which was good for 33rd on the individual level. Powers’ 162 (82-80) earned her 55th place, and Wyzgowski shot a 165 (87-78).
Carlee Cossell finished one stroke behind with a 166 (88-78) — a 10-stroke improvement on the second day.
English carded a 157 (76-81) which helped move her into 28th place overall, tied with her teammate, Guyton.
“We took a step in the right direction Sunday, but we are miles from where we should be,” Sligh said. “We have an immense amount of work to put in the rest of the season to be able to reach our holes.
“It’s a shame to have an event cut short due to weather, but that’s just the way things go. It’s time to move on and focus on the next event.”
The Redbirds’ next event will be held on March 31 when they head to the Georgetown Hoya Invitational.