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Central 15th at Illinois women’s golf tourney

Women's golf | April 14, 2013

NORMAL, ILL.—The Central College women’s golf team shaved 18 strokes off its first-round score but struggled  to climb in the standings, retaining its position in 15th place at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling Sunday.

The Dutch came in at 378-360—738 in the 16-team field, just two strokes behind the Univ. of Wis.-Platteville (372-364—736). DePauw University (Ind.) captured the team title carding 311-308—619, 21 shots ahead of the field, on the par-72 Ironwood Golf Course. Washington University (Mo.) finished second at 321-319—640 followed by Illinois Wesleyan at 333-313—646.

“I was happy to see us improve as a team,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “It was still pretty windy but not nearly as cold, and we had a couple players get off to a better start.”

Senior Ashley Smith (Johnsburg, Ill.) shot Central’s low score each round and tied for 37th at 89-84—173.

“Ashley was able to put together two consistent days,” Wilkinson said.

Sophomore Taylor Hill (Treynor) climbed into a tie for 43rd at 91-84—175. Freshman Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) shot 97-96—193 with freshman Chelsey Shuey (Ames) at 101-96—197 and sophomore Kelsey Van Tasell (Pella) at 101-102—203.

Wilkinson said the weather is taking its toll on the scorecard.

“We’ve had limited practice time outside and as a result we have higher scores across the board compared to the fall season,” he said. “And with a shorter spring season, we haven’t had much time to feel comfortable with our golf game. We just aren’t out of our winter slump.”

Central wraps up its spring season Friday and Saturday, playing host to the Central Invitational at the Bos Landen Golf Club in Pella.

“It will be nice to close out the spring season on our home course,” Wilkinson said. “The field will be small but hopefully we can play our best golf of the spring season.”

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