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Slow start in Illinois for Central women’s golf team

Women's golf | April 13, 2013

NORMAL, ILL.—Central College is aiming for a better start in the final round of the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling women’s golf tournament.

The Dutch turned in a 378 in Saturday’s opening round at the par-72 Ironwood Golf Course and are 15th. DePauw University (Ind.) leads the 16-team field with 311 followed by Washington University (Mo.) with 321 and Illinois Wesleyan at 333.

Senior Ashley Smith (Johnsburg, Ill.) shot 89 followed by sophomore Taylor Hill (Treynor) at 91 and freshman Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) at 97. Sophomore Kelsey Van Tasell (Pella) and freshman Chelsey Shuey (Ames) each shot 101.

“We didn’t get off to a good start and struggled to get things turned around,” coach Tim Wilkinson said.

Central endured cold and rainy conditions.

“It was a rough day and condition-wise, it didn’t get any better,” Wilkinson said.

The tourney concludes with 18 holes Sunday.

“Hopefully we can get off to a better start and play more solid as a group,” Wilkinson said.

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