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Dutch unable to improve standing at women’s golf tourney

Women's golf | April 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO.—The weather cooperated for the final round of the 16-team Washington-St. Louis Invitational, but the Central College women's golf team was unable to improve its standing, shooting 353-370—723 to finish 15th.

Playing the par-72, 5,865-yard Gateway National Golf Links, the Dutch shot 370 in Sunday’s final round, holding its place in the standings from Saturday’s first round.

“Across the board, we’re a little frustrated with our scores today,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “We let one get away. We didn’t improve from the first round. It was a great day for golf and we didn’t take advantage of it with our play.”

Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor), who was tied for 33rd following the first 18 holes, finished in that exact spot with 82-81—163. Sophomore Chelsey Shuey (Ames) carded 87-98—185, followed by freshman Ali Kallsen’s (Hinton) 92-95—187. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) finished with 92-96—188, while classmate Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) rounded out the lineup with 101-98—199.

“Taylor continued to battle through injury and still managed to knock a stroke off her score,” said Wilkinson. “It was a solid effort on her part.”

William Woods (Mo.) fired the lone sub-300 round of the tournament in Sunday’s finale to come from behind for its third straight Washington-St. Louis Invitational team title with 306-299—605. Its 299 is a tournament record, as is its two-round score. Host Washington-St. Louis finished runner-up by a single stroke with 300-306—606.

Washington-St. Louis’ Olivia Lugar tallied a tournament record 72-75—147 for medalist honors, followed by William Woods’ Jodie Peacock’s runner-up 72-77—149.

“This weekend gives us some insight as to what we need to work on,” Wilkinson said. “Next week’s tournament will be tough as well. We need to focus and play better golf.”

The Dutch are back in action Saturday and Sunday at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Ill. The team played the exact same course at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Invitational Sept. 14-15, finishing 15th of 21 teams.

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