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Wind factors in women’s golf spring fling

Women's golf | April 12, 2014

NORMAL, ILL.—As the wind picked up, so did the scores, leaving the Central College women’s golf team with Saturday’s opening-round 372 and in 13th at the 19-team Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling.

Playing at the par-72, 5,835-yard Ironwood Golf Course, the Dutch struggled to post low scores as the winds gusted over 20 miles per hour.

“It was fairly windy all day, but after the turn it really picked up,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “That made it difficult to put up good scores. It’s exhausting to play through those conditions and it’s mentally draining. We didn’t respond as well as we would’ve liked.”

Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) once again led the Central team, carding 85 over the first 18 holes en route to tying for 22nd. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) finished with 88, tying for 35th, while classmate Chelsey Shuey (Ames) shot 97. Sophomores Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and Nichole Malott (Tipton) rounded out the lineup with 102 and 115, respectively.

“Rachel had a really good first nine holes,” Wilkinson said. “It was easily her best nine-hole effort. But the back nine threw most golfers out of rhythm.”

Washington-St. Louis sits atop the team standings after a first-round 319. Host school Illinois Wesleyan is second with 322, followed by DePauw’s 325.

Illinois Wesleyan’s Katie Klosterman leads the medalist race after a 2-over-par 74, followed by Washington-St. Louis’ Olivia Lugar and St. Francis’ Krystal Garritson, who are tied for second after 78s.

“Hopefully we can improve our score and get better,” said Wilkinson. “We can move up in the team standings if we play better.”

Competition is scheduled to resume Sunday morning, but play may be threatened by expected isolated thunderstorms beginning at 6 a.m.

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