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Jessica Knepp led the way for Western Illinois with a career-best 227.
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Jessica Knepp led the way for Western Illinois with a career-best 227.
Fighting Leatherneck Women's Golf Finishes Fall Season in Florida
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Monday 10/22/2013
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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - Junior Jessica Knepp and the rest of the Fighting Leatherneck women's golf team finished their 2013 fall season Tuesday (Oct. 22) in Florida as Western finished 17th in the 36th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational. 

"Although it was a very competitive field at the Pat Bradley Invitational, we didn't golf as well as we had wanted to. Throughout the entire fall season our team was able to show signs of really good golf, but unfortunately we were unable to put more than one good individual score together at a time," said head coach Lia Biehl Lukkarinen. "I'm obviously not thrilled with our performances this fall but if we are able to work on consistency in each individual's game I think that will help us improve heading into the spring."

Knepp led the way with a career-best 227 which placed her in a tie for 34th-place. The El Paso, Ill. native was the lone Leatherneck to record scores in the 70s in all three rounds. The junior had a career-best 73 in the opening round before carding a 76 and 78 in rounds two and three, respectively.

"For Jessica to be able to come back from a tough performance at the MAC Preview and post a career-best score here in Florida was great and I am really proud of her," continued Lukkarinen. "Her ability to bounce back showed that she is a true competitor."

Tying for 61st-place was Kristi Tschudin who finished with a 234. The senior tallied a 78 in round one, an 80 in the second round, and finished with a 76 through the final 18 holes.

Freshman Anna Cullinan concluded the event with a 238 after recording scores of 78, 80 and 80 through three days.

Junior Ashley Jeffers and sophomore Marissa Juliana rounded out the team scores with a 243 and 250, respectively. Jeffers tied for 77th-place while Juliana finished in a tie for 84th.


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