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Central sees 29-stroke improvement at women’s golf tourney

Women's golf | April 13, 2014

NORMAL, ILL.—The Central College women’s golf team cut 29 strokes off of Saturday’s round for 372-343—715 and finished 13th at the 19-team Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling.

Playing the par-72, 5,835-yard Ironwood Golf Course, each Dutch golfer cut her score by at least four strokes en route to the double-digit improvement.

“It was nice to see everybody play better than they did the first day,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “It was one of those days where we were able to string together some good holes and rebound after some tough holes.”

Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) tied for 20th individually, leading the Central squad with 85-79—164. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) finished with 88-84—172, tying for 38th. Classmate Chelsey Shuey (Ames) improved the most from Saturday to Sunday, carding 97-83—180. Sophomores Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and Nichole Malott (Tipton) rounded out the lineup with 102-97—199 and 115-105—220, respectively.

“Both Rachel and Chelsey had very good second rounds,” Wilkinson said. “The conditions were not ideal, but we were still able to play some pretty good golf.”

Washington-St. Louis held on for the three-stroke win over DePauw with 319-303—622. Host school Illinois Wesleyan finished third with 322-304—626.

Washington-St. Louis’ Olivia Lugar and Illinois Wesleyan’s Katie Klosterman tied for medalist honors with 150. DePauw’s Paige Gooch and Kelsey Smith tied for third with 153.

The Dutch close out their nontraditional season in two weeks at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta for the Loras Invitational.

“We’ll take a couple days off to rest and focus on school, but we’ll come back from break and finish out the spring season strong,” Wilkinson said.

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