Redbirds Hope to Gain Momentum Heading into Final Round

May 6, 2005

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - As the NCAA West Regional tournament comes to a close, the Illinois State women's golf team look to gain momentum as they head into the final round. After two rounds of play in Las Cruces, N.M. the Redbirds sit in 17th place with a total of 621 (312,309), sitting 16 strokes out of the eight-team cut that advances to the NCAA finals.

Despite a solid team effort the Redbirds did not quite get the low rounds that they had hope for. Samantha Richdale carded a two-round total of 153 (75,78), leaving her in a tie for 39th. Behind Richdale are teammates Ashlie Rose who sits tied for 55th with a total of 155 (77,78), Chelsea Bach is tied for 68th with a total of 157 (80,77), and Katie Laehn with a total of 159 (83,76), leaving her in a tie for 81st place. Rounding out the line-up for the `Birds is Hilary Anderson who sits in a tie for 96th with a two-round total of 162 (80,82).

Head coach Ray Kralis feel that the team put forth a solid effort, but they just were not able to put the scores up that they had hoped for.

"The girls went out today and put forth a great team effort, but unfortunately we missed a golden opportunity to move up the leaderboard," Kralis said. "However our scores did improve slightly from the first round, they just were not the low round we needed to able to make the move."

After two rounds Southern California is leading the tournament (595), in second is Tennessee (601), and in third is Georgia (602). In a three-way tie for fourth is UCLA, Brigham Young, and California (603), tied for seventh is Oklahoma State and Oregon (605), and tied for ninth is Washington State and Stanford (607). In 11th place is UC-Irvine (608), tied for 12th is UNLV and Colorado State (613), and sitting tied for 14th is Arizona and Northwestern (617). Georgia State is in 16th (619), behind the Redbirds in 18th is San Francisco (624), Oral Roberts sits in 19th (629), Denver is in 20th (631) and Portland comprises the 21-team line (646).

Kralis feels that although the `Birds did not play as well as they hope too in the second round that there is still quite a bit of golf to be played.

" We have no reason to hang our heads low, we put forth a great effort today," Kralis added. " We just have to go into tomorrow fitting and competing until the 54-holes is over."

The third and final round of the 2005 NCAA West Regionals will begin tomorrow, the Redbirds will tee off in the afternoon session.