Eight Iowa Conference championships
MADISON, ILL. — Battling severe winds of 30 mph, the Central College women’s golf team tied for 14th on the par-72 Gateway National Golf Links at the Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) Invitational Saturday.
The 20-team field includes squads from NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College, with seven of the top-25 teams from NCAA Division III. Coach Tim Wilkinson was satisfied after the first round of play in the 114-player field considering the conditions.
“The winds were brutal and it was our first real tournament of the spring,” Wilkinson said. “We are playing in a loaded field, and I was pretty happy with how the team competed.”
Host and No. 3 Washington-St. Louis sits in third place with 328. Central is tied with Sewanee (Tenn.) with 363.
Taylor Hill (sophomore, Treynor) and Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella) shared the team low and tied for 34th, carding 86. Chelsey Shuey (freshman, Ames) shot 93 and tied for 86th. Ashley Smith (senior, Johnsburg, Ill.) tabbed a 98 and Jill Huffman (freshman, Bloomington, Ill.) shot 104.
“The conditions made it mentally exhausting for the ladies,” said Wilkinson. “I am somewhat happy with how we played, but I am expecting better scores tomorrow. We have to move forward even with tomorrow’s predicted rain.”
The Dutch continue play tomorrow at the 36-hole invitational at 9 a.m.