Eight Iowa Conference championships
MARYVILLE, MO.—The Central College women’s golf team was faced with the difficult task of waiting in Friday’s opening round of the Graceland Spring Invitational, but shot a 378 and sits seventh of 14 teams after the first 18 holes.
Playing the par-72, 5,825-yard Mozingo Lake Golf Course, groups were forced to wait long periods of time on each tee box due to congested play. Temperatures and pin locations also made for a challenging round.
“Considering the conditions, we played OK,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “Play was slow, which made it difficult to be consistent. It was a lot of waiting. It never warmed up like it was supposed to. It’s already a tough course and pin placements were tricky today.
“It would’ve been a challenge without the conditions, but all of that combined made it more difficult.”
Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) fired a 39 on the front nine en route to an 88 to lead the team and is tied for 11th entering Saturday’s final round. Sophomores Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) and Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) shot 94 and 96, respectively. Freshman Ali Kallsen (Hinton) and sophomore Chelsey Shuey (Ames) each carded 100 to round out the varsity lineup.
“Taylor had a great front nine,” Wilkinson said. “Jill had a great round today, too. She certainly contributed to our team’s success.”
Sophomore Nichole Malott (Tipton) played as an individual and carded a 106.
William Penn sits atop the team standings with 338, led by Friday’s low round of 77 from Demi Coertze. While the top four teams finished sub-360, Central Methodist (376), AIB (377) and the Dutch are separated by a mere two strokes.
“We’re hoping that play moves a little faster tomorrow and that it’s a bit warmer,” said Wilkinson. “If that happens and we play well, we’ll have a chance to climb the leaderboard.”
Competition continues Saturday with the first group scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m.