The Lady Redbirds began the first round at The Members Club at Four Streams course in Beallsville, Md., with a team score of 333 after a much-delayed start due to snow. This landed them in eighth place headed into Tuesday, where there would only be one final round to play after the decision was made to cancel the third round. Though the Lady ‘Birds improved their team score on the second day and finished with a 659 (333-326) overall score, they were not able to hold the eighth place spot, finishing at 10th overall.
“Monday was a long day in terrible winds,” head coach Darby Slight said after the first round. “The scores were all high across the teams, and we aren’t in as bad a shape as we felt we scored. I was extremely proud of our attitudes all day. We hung in there and took advantage of birdie opportunities at the end of the round. I know all of the adversity we have faced in performances this spring will pay off in the end, if we stay faithful to our plan.”
ISU was led by a cast of juniors in the first round, including redshirt junior Brianna Cooper who shot a Lady Redbird low 81, tying her for 19th overall. Junior Hayley Guyton came in just behind Cooper with a score of 83, and Lauren English rounded out the junior trio with an 84. Jordyn Wyzgowski, a senior, shot an 85 in the first round, landing her in 46th place after Monday. Senior Rachel Powers added in a score of 89.
The Redbirds and coach Sligh were looking for some stronger scores to move up the leaderboards in the second and final round, but only small improvements were made on Tuesday.
“We needed to have someone break through for us, and it just didn’t happen Tuesday,” Sligh said. “The next three weeks are aimed towards fixing our scoring woes and doing it consistently.”
Cooper continued to lead the Lady ‘Birds, shooting another 81 to round her out with a combined score of 162 (81-81), which landed her in 31st overall individually. Guyton improved her first round score by two strokes for a combined score of 164 (83-81). English also shot another 84, leaving her combined score at 168 (84-84). The two seniors finished tied for 53rd place individually with scores of 169.
Pennsylvania won both the first and second rounds to finish with an overall score of 607 (309-298). Michigan and Yale took second and third place, respectively.
The Lady Redbirds look to work on their consistency, as coach Sligh said, over the next couple of weeks before heading to Springfield 125
on Sunday, April 20, for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.