Womens Golf: Sycamores Earn First Tournament Victory

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time in the two-year history of the Indiana State women?s golf program, the Sycamores have finished at the top of a collegiate golf tournament leader board. ISU finished tied with OVC-rival Eastern Illinois for first place at the F&M Bank Austin Peay Intercollegiate, but took home their first tournament championship via a tiebreaker at what was scheduled to be a two-round tournament at the par-71, 5,852-yard Clarksville Country Club.

The Sycamores carded an opening round 312 to knot themselves with the Panthers after Monday?s round. The tournament was interrupted during Monday?s action due to heavy rains in the area. After a lengthy delay, the tournament was able to resume as play ended just before dark. The round took nine hours and 15 minutes to complete, mostly played in a heavy downpour.

After overnight heavy rains settled into the Clarksville area, it was determined that play would be impossible to begin on Tuesday with a scheduled second round. After Monday?s round, the Sycamores and Panthers were tied, sending the tournament to a pre-determined tiebreaker. The tournament tiebreaker was the score of each team?s fifth-best scorer during Monday?s round. Sophomore Abby Butler fired an 85 on Monday, which edged EIU?s Michelle Anderson?s 89 and gave Indiana State its first team tournament victory since the program began in 2006.

?I am very proud of the way we played during Monday?s round in difficult conditions,? head coach Mike Whitson said. ?Winning this tournament is a huge step forward for our program, and we believe that this will lead to many more team victories in the future.?

Indiana State beat Western Kentucky by three strokes as the Hilltoppers shot score of 315 on Monday. MVC member Evansville carded a 324 to sit in sixth place, 12 shots behind the Sycamores.

Leading the way for the Sycamores individually was sophomore Kayley Bodine, who shot an opening round 77. She finished in a tie for seventh place. Freshman Jessica Borstrand carded a 39 on both the front and back nine to finish with a 78, good enough for a tie for 12th. One of the golfers Borstrand was knotted with was sophomore Breanne Smith, who likewise shot a 78 and is in a tie for 12th.

In a tie for 17th place individually was sophomore Kelsea Ice, who shot a 79. Sophomore Abby Butler carded an opening round 85 and finished in a tie for 46th to tilt the tournament tiebreaker in favor of Indiana State.

The Sycamores wrap up the fall portion of their


The Captain Level

Thanks for the informative post!

In my view, every time a Sycamore athlete enters an arena or walks the links, he or she is representing the university. Each time an athlete or a team is successful, he, she or it serves as a representative of the ISU admissions office. :sycamores: Women's golf in a "new kid on the block" but, it is developing a positive image quickly.