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From left to right: Emily Brink, Kristi Tschudin and Ashley Jeffers
Courtesy: WIU Visual Productions Center
From left to right: Emily Brink, Kristi Tschudin and Ashley Jeffers
Women's Golf Finishes Second in Monterey Bay Invitational
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 03/19/2013
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MONTEREY, Calif. - The Fighting Leathernecks women's golf team finished the Monterey Bay Invitational in second place after firing a season-best 309 in the final round of play.

The only round better from both the fall and spring seasons came at Western's home meet when the Purple Team fired a 302.

"We finally overcame some injuries the flu and our rusty short game", said head coach Lia Biehl Lukkarinen. "I am really proud of how we kept after it this trip and persevered. Northern Colorado was the Big Sky Champions in 2012, so to take second-place was a good finish. Kristi (Tschudin), Emily (Brink) and Ashley (Jeffers) all played really well in the final round."

Three Leathernecks finished in the top five led by junior Kristi Tsuchdin who finished the invite in second-place with a 237. Tschudin opened the invite with a 83, carded a 78 in the second round, and wrapped play up with a 76 in the final round.

Senior Emily Brink finished right behind Tschudin with a thrid-place finish (241) after carding a team-best 74 in the final round. Brink opened the invite with a 85 and finished with a 82 in the second round.

Tying for fourth-place in the invitational was Sophomore Ashley Jeffers who, link Tschudin and Brink, improved her score each round. Jeffer shot an 84 in the first round, an 80 in round to before firing a 78 in Tuesday's final round.

Senior Alexa Arent and sophomore Jessica Knepp finished tied for 15 (84-84-81--249) and 26th (85-83-92--260), respectively.

Golfing as an individual was senior Kelsea Visalli who was also impressive and finished in eighth-place (78-84-81--243).

Northern Colorado eanred the team title with a 952 (336, 308, 308), and also had the individual champion in Carleigh Silves who finished with a 227 (79, 73, 75).

The Leathernecks will look to carry their momentum into Sunday's meet, the Saluki Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois.



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