Redbirds Tied for Fourth After Day One
Oct. 10, 2005
FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Redbirds tied for fourth place after day one at the Shootout at the Legends, in Franklin, Ind. Assistant coach Pina Gentile felt the team really pulled together for a collective two-round score of 599 (301,298).
"This was one of the first times that I've been with the girls that it has been a collective team effort with the scoring," said Gentile. "Everyone played well and we are currently in a good position."
Senior Samantha Richdale is currently leading the Redbirds tied for ninth place with a two-round score of 147 (76,71). Hilary Anderson sits tied for 21st place with 150 (72,78), Kaitlin Troop is tied for 28th with 152 (76,76), Ashlie Rose is tied for 33rd with 153 (77,76) and Chelsea Bach is tied for 54th with 156 (81,75). Gentile recognizes the importance of a collective low score for round one.
"As far as our first round performance I thought everybody played pretty well," said Gentile. "The first round was great and Hilary shot a 72, which really helped us as far as having a nice low first-round score. Sam had moments of greatness as well. She was three under par at certain times of the day and had a couple of tough holes to shoot 76, so she held it together nicely and Rose did the same thing."
The second round the Redbirds pulled out an even lower score of 298 to end day one. Gentile was pleased with round two and looks forward to tomorrow.
"From a coaching standpoint it was great to throw out a 298 and wonderful to count the 71," said Gentile. "I'm really pleased with where we stand at the moment--just five shots back of first place. Looking at tomorrow, we'd like to go in there and have another great day, and definitely try to move up. I think everybody's goal and mindset right now is to try to win this event."
Illinois State is one of five teams in the tournament which competed in the NCAA tournament last year. Tied for fist place is NCAA participants Kent State and Missouri with an 18 over par score of 594. In third is NCAA participant Notre Dame 595. Sitting only five strokes behind first place, Illinois State shares fourth place with Toledo. Eastern Michigan is in sixth place with 602. Big Ten teams Illinois and Indiana sit in seventh and eighth places with 605 and 608. There is a three way tie for ninth place between Louisville, Georgetown and Iowa with 614. Following the tie for ninth place is Campbell, St. John's, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Ohio University, Southern Illinois, Ball State and Rutgers. Gentile was proud with where the ladies stand with their competition.
"I was proud of how the ladies played today," said Gentile. "If we could take the tournament tomorrow that would be great, but if not, a top three finish would be a nice place to be in."
The tournament is set to tee off it's final round of 18 holes at 8 a.m. on Tuesday Oct. 11th.