Redbirds Open Golfweek Challenge in 16th Place

Sept. 23, 2013


Wolcott, Colo. - The Illinois State women's golf team concluded day one of the Golfweek Challenge Monday with a team score of 330, finishing the day 16th overall at the Red Sky Golf Club.

Head coach Darby Sligh felt this new course was a wake-up call for her team and hopes that it can pull it together in time for the next round.

"We surrendered to a very difficult golf course today by dropping 13 shots in our last three holes," Sligh said. "Had we finished strong, we would be singing a much different tune. Red Sky exposes your weaknesses, and it did that on the greens. There are positives we can take out, but there are many areas of our games that need immediate attention headed into Tuesday's round. It will definitely be a moving day mentality for us."

Senior Brianna Cooper led the team with a score of 79. Cooper shot two birdies on the front nine, tying her for 40th overall.

Junior Hayley Guyton carded a one-round score of 83, tying for 61st place. Seniors Rachel Powers and Jordyn Wyzgowski both shot an 84, tying for 66th place. Rounding out the Redbird lineup was senior Carlee Cossell, who shot an 88.

Pepperdine placed first with three of its golfers, shooting a 1-under-par (71), tying for first place. Texas Christian is 12 strokes behind in second with a score of 301, two strokes ahead of third-place Denver with a 303.

ISU looks to climb the rankings in the second round of play Tuesday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (CST), with a shotgun start. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, WSF gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.