Anderson, Richdale Lead `Birds in Last Round
March 15, 2006
Boulder City, Nev. - Junior Hilary Anderson and senior Samantha Richdale each shot a five-over-par 77 to lead Illinois State in the final round of the UNLV Rebel Spring Invitational at Boulder Creek Golf Course.
Redbird coach Ray Kralis was disappointed to see his team place 17th in the 19-team field, but felt the strong competition would make his team better down the road.
"We obviously hoped to finish much better than 17th, but we feel that the competition will help us understand what we need to do to get better before conference tournament time comes in April," said Kralis. "It was good competition for us."
Richdale's tournament score of 220 topped the Redbird golfers and placed her in a tie for ninth on the individual scoreboard. Richdale had been tied for fourth place after 36 holes. Anderson's score enabled her to move from tied for 56th to tied for 48th on the final individual list.
Kralis thought Richdale ran into some bad luck and bad bounces, but Anderson built on her previous day's play.
"Sam caught a couple of bad breaks on her first nine," said Kralis. "She could have had a better score, but, obviously, a top 10 finish in this field is excellent. We got another solid round out of Hilary and that's definitely a plus."
Scores ballooned across the board on the tournament's final day--only Brigham Young had a lower team score Wednesday than its previous round --and other Redbird players had a tough time with the 6,153-yard par-72 course. Ashlie Rose's 83, Olivia Campos' 87, and Marci Hill, who shot a 90, all had better scores the each of the first two rounds of the 54-hole tournament as the Redbirds dropped to a 324 team score for the day and 945 for the tournament.
Host UNLV's 879 score won the title by three strokes over Brigham Young, six over Campbell and seven over Long Beach State. Indiana's Shannon Johnson birdied three of her last five holes to earn individual medalist honors. She shot a five-under-par 211 for the tournament.
The Redbirds' next event is the Saluki Invitational March 26 & 27 in Carbondale.