Eight Iowa Conference championships
MADISON, ILL. —The Central College women’s golf team chipped 13 strokes off its round-one score and finished 14th in the loaded 20-team field at the Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) Invitational Sunday.
The Dutch tallied 363-350—713 on the par-72 Gateway National Golf Links. No. 10 Wittenberg University (Ohio) placed seven spots ahead of Central (343-321—664) and No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan came in fifth place (345-316—661). Host and No. 3-ranked Washington-St. Louis placed third, carding a 328-308—636. No. 5 William Woods University (Mo.) took the top title with 314-309—623.
“We had great conditions today,” said coach Tim Wilkinson. “It was a nice spring afternoon, and that helped us improve our scores. I am really pleased with the improvement in our strokes the second day.”
Taylor Hill (sophomore, Treynor) moved up seven spots in the 114-player tournament, tying for 27th at 86-80—166. Kelsey Van Tasell (sophomore, Pella) shot 86-92—178, tying for 73rd. Ashley Smith (senior, Johnsburg, Ill.) shaved off 14 strokes during her second round and tied for 82nd, finishing with a 98-84—182. Chelsey Shuey (freshman, Ames) shot 93-94—187 and Jill Huffman (freshman, Bloomington, Ill.) tabbed a 104-106—210.
“We are still trying to find our touch around the green,” Wilkinson said. “We did better today as a whole, but there are some things that we are still working on. Next weekend will be another good test for us as we continue to get better which is what the spring season is all about.”
Central plays next in Normal, Ill. for the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling April 13-14 at the Ironwood Golf Course.