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MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 17, 2012) – The Rend Lake College women’s golf team got a good look at the course where nationals will be played in the spring. The Lady Warriors took fifth out of six teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association Fall Preview, held Sunday and Monday, in Mesa, Ariz.
RLC Head Coach Cindy Corn said she thought it was a great experience for her team to play on the course where they hope to be in the spring. She also said the course at Longbow Golf Club provides stark contrast to the LPGA course in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the national championships have been held in recent years.
“The course is nice, but tough” said Corn. “It’s a different venue. Tight fairways. You miss the fairways at Daytona and you are in a hazard. You miss the fairways here and you are in the desert. It’s been quite entertaining for the girls.”
Rend Lake’s score of 710 (357-353) was nine strokes ahead of Arizona Christian University and seven strokes behind Mesa Community College. Grand Canyon University took third at 657, McClennan CC was runner-up at 633 and Redlands CC took home the championship trophy at 614.
“Our sophomores are definitely being the leaders,” said Corn. “Hopefully we can get the freshmen playing better quickly. Our freshmen really are learning to adjust to collegiate golf. They are ahead of where I thought they would be.”
The Lady Warriors were led by sophomore Lexie Shoemaker (Mount Vernon, Ill.) who shot 167 (86-81) after suffering an unlucky bounce off a cart path. RLC sophomore Taylor Koeller (Marissa, Ill.) shot 175 (90-85), Chandra Weddle (Royalton, Ill.) finished at 186 (93-93), Laura Bremer (Vienna, Ill.) shot a 188 (94-94) and Nina Jackson (Martinsville, Ind.) shot a 189 (88-101). Kylee Henager (Mount Carmel, Ill.) played as an individual and finished at 180 (92-88).
“This is a well-run tournament,” Corn added. “All the accommodations are super nice. I really like for our kids to see a different part of the country and play different courses. This is a great experience for our kids. I’m glad we came out to play in it. All the teams have the opportunity to see the course that will be the course for nationals.”
Rend Lake will close out the fall schedule with the Kaskaskia College Invitational, Sept. 28, in Centralia, Ill. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.