|’Birds tie for sixth, set focus on MVC title|
|Written by Julie Conrad, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Monday, 16 April 2012 11:56|
Severe weather caused the Indiana Invitational to consist of 18 holes instead of the original 54, where the ISU women’s golf team ended in a tie for 6th place tallying a 314 team score at the 6,055-yard golf course in Bloomington, Ind., this past weekend.
The home team had the advantage, as Indiana won the invitational with a team score of 298.
“We had some tough weather and course conditions during our round and that made it very difficult to score well,” ISU junior Katie Jean said.
“We weren’t able to transfer our improvement into low scores this weekend, but we’ve all made some great strides over the past month,” she added.
Sophomore Rachel Powers finished in 16th place with a five-over-par 77. Senior Hannah Bachman and Jean tied for 28th place, both tallying a score of 78, six-over-par.
Carding a nine-over-par 81, Brianna Cooper tied in 51st, as Jordyn Wyzgowski recorded a 12-over-par 84 to finish in a tie at 69th place.
“During the Indiana tournament, we had some really solid ball striking, which will only help us going into Missouri Valley Championship,” ISU head coach Darby Sligh said.
“It’s a shame the weather cut the invitational short, as we couldn’t get in as much competitive work as I would have liked leading up to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships,” Sligh added. “This is a huge week of preparation for us to try and defend our Missouri Valley Conference title, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this team responds.”
Despite the turnout at the Indiana Invite, the Redbirds, as well as Sligh, are looking forward to defending their title at the Valley Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend.
“As a team, our confidence level is up more than it has been all season,” Powers said. “We have worked hard in preparation for the Championship, and hope to bring home the five peat.”