Women struggle in first day of Fall Classic

Mark Shanahan, Staff Reporter

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The women’s golf team wrapped up day one of the two-day Evansville Fall Classic in 10th place out of the 11 teams competing in the event.

Evansville, the host of the Fall Classic, leads the competition so far with a team score of 318 on Monday. The four teams are right on their tail as Butler is in second with a score of 322, Indiana State in third with 323 and Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb tied at fourth with scores of 325.

The top player from Monday was Kayla Katterhenry from Evansville who finished even with her score of 72. Miriam Parker from Lipscomb University was right behind her with a score of 73, just a stroke over.

In third and fourth are Marissa Uradomo and Lauren Tibbets with score of 74 and 77. Uradomo, from Indiana State is just two strokes back from the leader Katterhenry as Tibbets from Butler has some work to do sitting five strokes back from the lead.

The rest of the competition is very tight knit as three women are tied for fifth with scores of 79 and two tied for eighth with scores of 80. Valparaiso had the most players in the top 20 with four although they still sit in sixth place in the team standings. Katie Willenbrink had the highest score for Valparaiso with an 81. She is tied for 10th place.

Evansville, Northern Kentucky and Loyola each have three players in the top 20 after Monday. Two of Northern Kentucky’s golfers are in the top 10 as Allison Leigeb is tied for fifth and Sarah Kellam is tied for eighth. Elayna Bowser is the top performer for Loyola as she is one of seven tied for tenth after day one.

Eastern was the only team to not have a player finish the day in the top 20. The leading scorer on the day for them was Alex Pickens who shot an 83 and is tied for 25th. Other golfers competing for Eastern today were Annie Bahr who is tied for 38th, Madison Burget who is tied for 50th, Hannah Magda tied for 56th and Chloe Wong tied for 60th.

Day two of the event begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the women will golf another round of 18-holes.

This will be the last time the women hit the course this year before starting the spring season in 2016.

The women have not been able to crack the top 10 this year finishing in last place in three out of the four previous matches.

Their best finish was 10th out of 12 teams in the first match of the season back on Sept. 14-15 at the Murray State Fall Invitational.

 

Mark Shanahan can be reached at 581-2812 [email protected]