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Women golfers place ninth

September 27, 2013

Taking ninth place out of 15 teams at the Millikin University Fall Classic was not what the Fighting Scots women’s golf team expected after placing first at Benedictine earlier this month.

The team finished the 36-hole tournament in Decatur with a score of 373-344-717, just two strokes shy of eighth place.

“This isn’t how we were expecting to finish, but we struggled on the first day,” said junior Anne Begley. “Scovill [the course] was hard. They were replanting grass, and it was really narrow with lots of trees.”

Despite the difficult course, all five women improved their scores significantly the second day. This allowed them to beat conference competitor Illinois College.

“Even though we finished ninth, our main goal was to beat IC, and we came together to accomplish that,” Begley said. “We just had to keep our heads up and not let one bad day ruin the rest of the weekend.”

Begley, who opened with a 96, was able to shave off 11 strokes the second day, and finished with a 96-85-181 (T-39). When she approached the tee the second day Begley said, “My goal was to just hit the ball as far and as straight as I could to the best of my ability.”

Hannah Long also finished with 181, posting scores of 94 and 87 on the first and second days.

Annie Sandrock shaved off 9 strokes, carding 94-85-179 (T-30). Breanne Ford rounded out with a score of 94-90-184. Leading the team was junior Megan Schultz with scores of 91-87 to total 178 (T-28).

The team won’t let the rough weekend trample their hopes of doing well in the Midwest Conference Tournament. As the tournament draws near, Coach Molly McNamara believes the team’s mindset will make all the difference. The players believe this too.

“I’m just looking to keep improving my game and to keep a competitive mindset,” said Schultz. “We just need to stay confident.”

“We can’t let this weekend affect our mindset with conference being so close,” Begley said. “Four years ago there was no team, and this year we’re just excited to show everyone what we can do.”

The team will travel to Grinnell September 28 for their last regularly scheduled meet before the Midwest Conference Tournament begins Oct. 4.

Christina Durante
Contributing Writer

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