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Illinois State women's golf Maria Toledo Bailey lining up a putt during the 2021 season. Toledo Bailey finished tied for 20th while the Redbirds finished fifth. 

After a rocky start, Illinois State University women’s golf returned to the form  finishing fifth out of 11 teams at the Little Rock Golf Classic this week in its final match of the fall.

In a slow Sunday round, the Redbirds shot a team score of 306, sitting at 10th.

Junior Maria Toledo Baily led the Redbirds with a first-round two-over-par 74, landing her tie for 15th in the tournament. Louisiana-Monroe led all schools with a team score of 285, closely followed by the University of Central Arkansas shooting a 287.

The Redbirds rebounded in a big way in the second round, climbing three spots to place them in a tie for seventh after Monday’s round with a team score of 598.

Once again, Toledo Bailey led ISU, shooting a two-under-par 70, launching her up to tied for fourth in the tournament with a score of 144. Junior Vinisha Gunaseelan followed closely behind with a two-day score of 149, landing her in a tie for 28th.

Central Arkansas overtook University of Louisiana-Monroe on day two, holding the lead with a team score of 573 followed by ULM’s 577.

On the final day of the tournament, ISU once again jumped up on the leaderboard, shooting a final round 296 and a total team score of 894, earning fifth place. 

In round three, graduate student Kehler Koss led the Redbirds with a one-under-par 71, putting her in a tie for 20th in the tournament alongside teammate Toledo Bailey with a score of 222 in Little Rock.

Central Arkansas built on their day two lead and won the tournament with a final team score of 860, followed by ULM’s 873.

SCOTT PREROST is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. Prerost can be conactacted at swprero@ilstu.edu. Follow Prerost on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Scotty_Prerost

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