EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Fighting Leatherneck women's golf concluded play in the 2013 SIUE DoubleTree Invitational Tuesday (Sept. 24) in a tie for fifth-place with Evansville. Western opened the two-round event with a 329 in the opening round before posting a 327 during the second and final 18 holes.
Finishing ahead of Western in the tournament in the 10-team event was Valparaiso who won the event with a 639, followed by Lipscomb (642), SIU-Edwardsville (647), and Omaha (650).
"We had some highlights throughout the past couple of days here in Edwardsville, but we also have some things we need to work on prior to our next event, the MAC Preview," said head coach Lia Biehl Lukkarinen. "The course here was simular to the course we play on for our conference tournament. There are a lot of hills, small greens and narrow fairways, so it was nice for the team to practice on in preparation for April. It really showed us what we need to work on."
Jessica Knepp led the way for WIU posting a top 10 finish. The junior tied for ninth with a two-round score of 161. Knepp tallied an opening round score of 82 before firing a day-two 79. She led the field with six total birdies, while also finishing with an invite-best +5 in par four scoring.
"Jessica (Knepp) has really improved her game since the beginning of the season," continued coach Lukkarinen. "This was a very good first outing for her and she improved from her first round score of 82 to finish with a 79 in the final round. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she can do from here."
Three other Western golfers finished in the top 25. Sophomore Marissa Juliana tied for 19th after carding a 166 (79-87), while senior Kristi Tschudin (87-80) and junior Ashley Jeffers (82-85) both finished tied for 23rd after each posted a 167.
Freshman Anna Cullinan tallied a 169 (86-83) and tied for 30th.
Concluding action as an individual in the invite was Allison Farrell who finished tied for 28th with a 168 (86-82).
Women's golf is off until Oct. 7-8 when they play in the MAC Preview hosted by Ball State in Fishers, Ind.