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Central faces stiff competition at women’s golf tourney

Women's golf | April 5, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO.—The Central College women’s golf team sits 15th after the first round at the 16-team Washington-St. Louis Invitational, but the 12th-15th teams in the standings are separated by a mere seven strokes.

Playing the par-72, 5,865-yard Gateway National Golf Links, the Dutch shot 353 and sit only two strokes behind Rend Lake (Ill.), six behind North Central (Ill.) and seven behind St. Mary’s (Ind.).

“Conditions were good and the course was in decent shape, all things considered,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “The pace of play was great as well. Overall, it was an OK day.”

Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) led the Dutch contingent, tying for 33rd with an 82. Sophomore Chelsey Shuey (Ames) carded an 87, followed by sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) and freshman Ali Kallsen (Hinton), who each shot 92. Sophomore Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) rounded out the lineup with 101.

“Taylor was battling an injury, but was still able to post a low score,” said Wilkinson. “I was happy with Chelsey’s score. She was a few shots away from a really low score. Rachel and Ali suffered a couple of big numbers, but rebounded for decent rounds.”

Host Washington-St. Louis fired an 18-hole tournament record 300 to lead the field, led by Olivia Lugar’s individual record 72. William Woods’ (Mo.) Jodie Peacock also fired a 72, leading her team to runner-up standing through the first round.

“We’re not far off, but we need to carry over the good things from today and improve on other things tomorrow,” said Wilkinson. “If we do that, we’ll drop our score a few strokes.”

Competition resumes with Sunday’s 9 a.m. shotgun start.

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