Women’s golf team finishes 8th

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s golf team jumped one spot in the final standings on the final day of the F&M Bank Austin Peay Intercollegiate.

The Panthers’ best round as a team was Monday’s second 18, but they came close Tuesday, shooting a team score of 337.

Southern Illinois ran away with the team title after shooting 309, +50 par. Louisiana-Monroe finished 18 shots behind them with a team score of +68.

Junior Daphne Chang was the top Eastern golfer and jumped to a tie for 15th shooting at 76, matching her second round score from Monday. She jumped five spots after starting the day in 20th.

Chang had four birdies on the round, but two double bogeys pushed her score over par. She had two birdies on the front nine and two birdies on the back.

Senior Anne Bahr also had a good day on the course, shooting a +4, 76, jumping 11 spots into a tie for 27th.

She pared 15 holes, but had two bogeys and a double bogey in the final round. Her round today was four strokes better than her second-round Monday and nine better than her opening round.

The Eastern senior said the difference between her getting pars and bogeys was hitting the fairway off the tee and hitting the green in regulation.

But she was not happy with her putts.

“I had a lot of putts today and I’m disappointed I couldn’t get any birdies to drop,” Bahr said. “I feel much more comfortable with my game after (Tuesday). It felt much more like the game I knew from last year.”

Bahr said the golfers had to deal with a hilly course.

“We had to play against a bit of wind as well as elevated greens and elevated tee boxes,” Bahr said.

She said her driver worked well in the first two rounds, hitting consistent shots, but needed to work on her short game. Bahr hopes to have her short game fixed in time for the next tournament, she said.

Bahr said overall for the Panthers, the greens is what gave them the most problems.

“There were some very tough pin placements and then having to walk 36 holes (Monday) and then 18 Tuesday was tough on all of us with all the up and down (on the course,)” Bahr said.

Belmont’s Mallory Sullivan held her top spot and was the medalist for the women in the field. She shot a 79, her worst round of the three, but still came away with a one-shot win.

Louisiana-Monroe’s Shani White finished in second with a +10 par. She also shot a 79 in the final round, her worst round as well.

Eastern will play at the Dayton Flyer Invitational Oct. 14 and 15.

Sean Hastings can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]