The Illinois State women’s golf team closed strong in the late round of the MVC Preview tournament, hosted by Northern Iowa Sept. 23-24, finishing fifth in the 15-team competition.

The team was bolstered by strong performances from juniors Tatum King and Emma Sutton in the third and final round of the tournament shooting a 316, its lowest round-score of the weekend, for a three-round total 960 (317,327,316). King and Sutton both carded a 76 (+4) in the final round to finish 11th and 14th individually, helping the Redbirds move up three positions in the team rankings after a rocky first day.

Illinois State University finished day one of the two-day tournament tied for eighth place with conference foes Bradley and Indiana State with a two-round total 644. Individually, King was tied for 29th overall with a score of 160, while teammate Sutton was sitting in 41st with a score of 162.

Northern Iowa won the team competition shooting 942 (308,313,321). Missouri State finished second shooting 950 (312,316,322). Drake was third with 950 (322,307,321) and Southern Illinois finished one spot above the 'Birds in fourth with a team score of 953 (314,316,323).

Northern Iowa’s Hannah Bermel and Emily Snelling tied for the individual medalist, each shooting a tournament total 229.

The Redbirds next tee off Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Johnie Imes Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

KEVIN KOSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @_Koski_

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