TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women's golf team will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday as they compete in the Butler Invitational which will be played at 5, 824 yard, par-70 Highland Country Club in Indianapolis. The tournament features 36 holes of golf on the first day of competition with the final 18 holes on the second day with an 8:30 a.m. (ET) shotgun start each day.
Joining Indiana State and host Butler at the competition will be Evansville, Valparaiso, Bradley, IUPUI, Cleveland State, Loyola-Chicago, Eastern Illinois, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Bowling Green.
"I am really pleased with how the girls' practices are going," Greg Towne, Indiana State women's golf coach, said. "They continue to push the envelope on developing new skills."
The Sycamores have been idle the past two weeks after winning the Chicago State Invitational which was their first team championship since the 2009-2010 season.
"We talked about how winning last week really didn't seem like that big a deal," Towne said. "We actually expect it as part of the process."
This is the third straight year that the Sycamores have participated in the Butler Invitational and posted their best finish a year ago when they were third but just 10 strokes out of first place.
"We are looking forward to playing a quality course again in the Highlands Country Club," Towne said. "It is a course that gives you a lot of diversity with trees, water, doglegs and clever par threes. We also will get a chance to look at another Valley team that has played fairly well in Bradley and, of course, playing Butler and IUPUI on their home track will present a nice challenge for the girls."
Reece Feducia, who is being held out of competition during the Fall season, set an Indiana State record for 36 holes when she posted a 144 total to finish third overall. The Sycamores will still have an outstanding lineup which includes McCall Christopher and Amanda Smith who both finished in the top 20 at Butler a year ago. Christopher shot the fourth lowest 36-hole round in school history with a 150 to tie for seventh while Smith was just a shot back at 151 to tie for 12th.
Leading the way for Indiana State will be Emily Dixon who currently ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 76.00 per round average. Dixon tied for second at the Chicago State Invitational which was a career best finish for the Sycamore senior. Christina Beyerl and Gina Della Camera also played well at Butler a year ago and have improved their games during the past year.
SYCAMORES IN THE VALLEY RANKINGS
The Indiana State women's golf team is ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference behind Illinois State University and Bradley University. The Redbirds lead the league with a 310.25 average per round and a low round of 289 while Bradley is second with a 312.22 average and a low round of 305. The Sycamores, one of only two league teams with a tournament championship during the Fall season, are third with a 314 average and a low round of 310.
Indiana State senior Emily Dixon moved up into third in the individual standings with her second place finish at the CSU Cougar Classic. The senior is averaging 76.00 per round and a low round of 74. Illinois State's Katie Jean leads the MVC with a 74.08 average and a low round of 70 with one win, that coming at the Redbird Invitational in the first week of the season. Bradley's Danielle Lemek is second with a 75.89 per round average while posting low round of 74 this season.
Junior McCall Christopher jumped from 21st to 15th in this week's rankings as she dropped her average to 79.00 per round with a low round of 77. Senior Christina Beyerl is 20th with a 79.75 average and a low round of 78 while sophomore Amanda Smith is 21st with a 80.00 average and a low round of 76. Sophomore Gina Della Camera moved up to 29th in the rankings as she dropped her average to 81.25 with a low round of 80.
Rounding out the Sycamores in the rankings are sophomore Erinn Sutton in 40th with an 83.25 average and a low round of 79, sophomore Andrea Frankiewicz is tied for 48th with an 84.75 average and a low round of 82, and sophomore Margaret Harper is 66th with an average of 93.50 and a low round of 93.