Austin Peay Sports Information Office
Carbondale, IL – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team finished fifth at the Saluki Shoot-out, Sunday, played at the Hickory Ridge Golf Course.
The one-day 36-hole tournament saw the Lady Govs shoot 312 in the morning round but struggle some in the afternoon when windy conditions pushed their score to 317 on the 6,075-yard layout.Host Southern Illinois won their own event with a 601 (299-302) with SIU Edwardsville’s 606 (304-302) in second.
“We got off the tee very well,” APSU assistant coach Amy McCollum said. “It was pretty windy today and it impacted some of the shots. But they handled it pretty well and grinded all day. They were mentally tough for the most part and that was good to see.”
For a second straight tournament junior Jessica Cathey recorded a Top 10 finish, tying for ninth with 9-over 153 (76-77).
Two sophomores, Morgan Gardner (80-76), playing as an individual, and Morgan Kauffman (75-81) tied for 13th with a 156. Freshman AnnaMichelle Moore, who recorded a hole-in-one on No. 4 during the practice round, finished at 160 (82-78) while senior Meghan Mueller shot a 166 (79-87) and sophomore Kelsey Schutt 170 (89-81) rounded out the scores.
Head coach Sara Robson and McCollum were impressed with their young team’s ability to handle adversity.
“We were impressed with their attitudes today,” McCollum said. “When they found themselves in tough situations or got some bad break—and we had a few of those—they just fought through it and just focused on the next shot.”
Other than Cathey’s two rounds, each Lady Gov had a swing of at least four strokes in their rounds.
“It is a matter of consistency,” McCollum said. “A lot of gaining consistency is just building confidence. Getting off to good starts and building off that each round will help build that confidence.”