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April 14, 2014

Sycamores just one shot behind in tourney on familiar turf

TERRE HAUTE — Lack of experience in playing a collegiate women’s golf tournament in their own backyard may not be a hindrance for Indiana State, which finds itself one shot out of the lead — and with room to do better — after Sunday’s first round of the Indiana State Spring Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

The final round is expected to have its shotgun start at 11 a.m. today, but that’s already a weather-related change to avoid expected morning thunderstorms.

After battling gusting winds but with spring-like temperatures on Sunday, the visiting teams better have packed all their parkas and slickers.

“The weather will be a factor,” coach Greg Towne said as Sunday’s round ended under cloudy skies.

NAIA power William Woods of Fulton, Mo. — ranked sixth in the nation — leads with a score of 312 and has the individual leader in Myriam Hassan, who shot a 73.

Seven of the other eight teams in the field are within 10 shots of the lead, but the Sycamores are second even while counting just one score from their top two players.

“Our one and two struggled today,” Towne pointed out. “Marissa [Uradomo] is coming back from an appendectomy, and McCall [Christopher] came out fired up thinking she should win [the tournament], and I think she tried to play a little too hard.”

While both those players shot 81s and might be expected to do better today, the Sycamores got a 75 from Amanda Smith, a 78 from Erinn Sutton and a 79 from Megan Berube. “Amanda had a great round,” Towne noted. “That puts her with a chance to win.”

Although a practice round gave teams some familiarity with the course, Sunday’s winds made it play like something they didn’t expect, Towne said.

“It was blowing really hard,” he noted, “and it’s been out of the south-southwest but today it was south-southeast. That may not seem like much of a change, but I think it caught the kids off-guard a little bit.”

Towne complimented superintendent Brad Pugh and his staff for the course on Sunday.

“The course was in great condition, really good,” the coach said. “It dried out a lot from early in the week, and they double-cut the greens. It’s nice to have that extra effort, and I think teams will want to come back here.”

The tournament is the first invitational the Sycamores have hosted since the women’s program was reinstated in 2006, although ISU has hosted a Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

This tournament is almost an MVC affair in itself, with six Valley teams among the nine and with Southern Illinois having committed to attending next spring. “We have everybody within driving distance here,” Towne noted.

The tournament is also a homecoming of sorts for one visiting player. Terre Haute South graduate Alexandra Pickens plays for Eastern Illinois and shot an 88 on Sunday.


Indiana State Spring Invitational

Team scores — William Woods 312, Indiana State 313, Drake 316, Northern Iowa 319, Evansville 319, Bradley 320,

William Woods (312) — Myriam Hassan 36-37-73, Alejandra ferrer 39-39-78, Jamie Palermo 40-39-79, Jodie Peacock 42-40-82, Joni Purvis 41-42-83.

Indiana State (313) — Amanda Smith 38-37-75, Erinn Sutton 41-37-78, Megan Berube 43-36-79, McCall Christopher 39-42-81, Marissa Uradomo 42-39-81.

Drake (316) — Arianna Gastelum 39-38-77, Danielle Brooks 44-35-79, Katie Clausen 41-38-79, Hadley Jennings 43-38-81.

Northern Iowa (319) — Sarah Boss 38-39-77, Kaylee Benson 40-39-79, Allison Rollinger 42-39-81, Taylor VanDyke 43-39-82, Sonja Przybylski 40-43-83.

Evansville (319) — Kayla Katterhenry 38-37-75, Cathy Doyle 40-36-76, Paige Crafton 42-40-82, Margaret Camp 41-45-86, Dana Hayden 45-47-92.

Bradley (320) — Danielle Lemek 36-38-74, Jenna Roadley 41-38-79, Allison Walsh 42-39-81, Paige Jordan 42-44-86, Katarina Mangieri 47-43-90.

Loyola (321) — Logan Willis 40-38-78, Carey Farley 41-38-79, Carly Schneider 40-41-81, Olivia LIndsley 43-40-83, April Ohlendorf 45-41-86.

SIU-Edwardsville (322) — Ashton Stair 40-37-77, Brooks White 42-38-80, Molly Marcum 39-43-82, Allison Gorman 40-43-83, Brittney Jostes 42-46-88.

Eastern Illinois (334) — Elyse Banovic 41-40-81, Lexi Hammerton 42-40-82, Tiffany Wolf 44-40-84, Emily Fitzgerald 42-45-87, Alexandra Pickens 44-44-88.

Other individuals — Gina Della Camera (ISU) 41-37-78, Christy Taugner (L) 41-39-80, Bernice Sitompul (L) 40-40-80, Sydney Skiles (E) 40-43-83, Natalie Meyers (L) 43-40-83, Andrea Frankiewicz (ISU) 44-39-83, Alex Meyers (L) 40-46-86, Margaret Harper (ISU) 42-46-88, Kelly Lamarche (E) 42-46-88, Valarie Mielziner (WW) 45-44-89, Shelby Williams (ISU) 48-42-90, Ravyn Rodgers (SIUE) 43-48-91, Laura Morris (WW) 45-48-93, Rachel Marchi (E) 49-51-100.

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