Senior Rachel Powers led the team the whole way with a score of 229 (79-77-73). Powers was able to advance from 46th place to finish tied for 32nd overall.
Despite the rough start, head coach Darby Sligh chose to focus on the positive aspects of her team's play and hopes that it can pull it together in time for the next round.
After an exhibition at the Illinois Challenge, head coach Darby Sligh is looking for her team to regain some its footing, as it enters the first official tournament of the spring season.
Senior Brianna Cooper and junior Hayley Guyton also finished in the top-20
Illinois State finishes three strokes out of first
2011-12: Competed in 28 rounds during the 2011-12 season ... finished third at Imes Invitational (Oct. 5) with a three-round season best of a 216 (70-72-74) ... finished sixth at the Redbird Invitational (Sept. 12) with a three-round score of 225 (74-79-72) ... competed at the Hoosier Fall Invitational (Oct. 17), finishing eighth with a three-round score of 227 (79-75-73) ... had a season stroke average of 76.2.
2010-11: Won the individual title at the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Championship, after firing a two-round 144 (74-70) ... named to the All-Valley Team ... 2011 MVC Newcomer of the Year ... competed in 26 rounds at 10 events during the 2010-11 season ... held a scoring average of 77.4... aside from her lowest single-round score of two-under-par 70 at the MVC Championships, she had a low score of one-under-par 71 during the second round of the Redbird Invitational ... placed first in the Redbird Invitational with a three-round 222 (76-71-75).
Prep & Personal: Holds first-place finishes at the Canadian Junior Golf Association PGA Junior Championship and the 2009 Bluewater Athletic Association ... was a member of the Ontario Program of Excellence ... earned a seventh-place ranking with the Golf Association of Ontario Junior Girls ... placed second in the 2009 Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) Tournament ... Cooper was born on May 1, 1992 to parents David and Brenda Cooper.