Women's Golf Ends Season at NCAA Central Regional
May 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - With weather playing a factor in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional, the Illinois State women's golf team struggled in the final round Saturday and ended the tournament in 22nd place with a team score of 946 (301-318-327) at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
"We certainly didn't finish with a bang we hoped for, but we did manage to keep our seed playing against some of the best teams in the country," head coach Darby Sligh said. "We know our weaknesses and need to attack them this summer. This was a great experience for us as a program, and we can take many positives from it."
Illinois State was led by junior Rachel Powers throughout the tournament, as she ended the final round with a 4-over-par 76 and had a three-round score of 225 (74-75-76), tying for 57th place at the end of the 54-hole tournament.
"Rachel really stepped up and held us together, and we will be looking for more of that next season," Sligh said.
Senior Katie Jean finished the tournament with a score of 234 (76-76-82). Sophomore Hayley Guyton shot a three-round score of 242 (76-83-83). Guyton carded a third-round score of 83, like she did in the second round. Junior Jordyn Wyzgowski scored a 245 (75-84-86), while junior Carlee Cossell carded a final score of 256 (84-86-86) to close out the tournament.
Duke took first place with a team score of 851 (284-291-276), shooting 13-under-par, while Oklahoma finished second with a three-round score of 857 (283-286-288). Mississippi State used a strong final round to grab third with a score of 872 (292-299-281).
With the season coming to an end, the Redbirds lose Jean, who has been a leader during her four-year career.
"We will miss Katie's leadership," Sligh said. "However, she left so much pride for her teammates to carry on the torch next season."
Jean ended her dominant season in fitting fashion by finishing the Missouri Valley Conference Championships atop the individual leaderboard with a score of 233 (77-74-82). With her second-consecutive individual championship, Jean became the sixth player in Valley history to win the award twice. For her performance over the season, she was named the Valley Golfer of the Year, and if that wasn't enough, she also received the Elite 18 Award for the third-consecutive season and was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.
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