By Todd Purvis/Assistant sports editor
The Lady Colonels were in action over Spring Break traveling to Jacksonville, Ala., March 16-18 to participate in the two-day Chris Banister Gamecock Classic. The Lady Colonels shot 679 as a team, which was good enough for an eighth place finish out of a field of 13 teams.The Lady Colonels got off to a slow start in the first two rounds shooting 355 as a team. They found themselves in 12th place, but bounced back in the next two rounds by shooting 324, managing to finish in the eighth spot.
“We came back after the first day and moved up some spots, none of the teams played good because it was so wet and rainy,” said junior Jennifer Sullivan.
The Lady Colonels were led by Sullivan who shot a 169 (86 – 83). These numbers put her in a tie for 36th place overall. Eastern sophomore Leah Larkin shot 170 (90 – 80) and freshman Kelly Flynn shot (87 – 83), leaving the two tied for 40th overall. Junior Tamara Thompson shot a 172 (92 – 80) and finished 46th. Brittainy Klein completed the scoring for Eastern with a 173 (92 – 81), enough for a 49th place finish.
A breakdown in tournament placing and scoring goes as follows: (1) Jacksonville State, 613, (2) Murray State, 629, (3) Oral Roberts, 632, (4) Birmingham Southern, 643, (5) Bradley 645, (6) Middle Tennessee State, 648, (7) Western Illinois, 659, (8) Eastern Kentucky, 679, (9) Jackson State, 683, (10) Troy State, 689, (11) Samford, 697, (12) South Alabama, 699 and (13) Montevallo, 715.
The tournament in Jacksonville, Ala., caused the teams to struggle due to bad weather conditions.
“The course played longer than the courses that we normally play, and it was one of the more difficult courses, due to the sand traps that were in the fairways,” said Sullivan. “Our OVC tournament is played on a Robert Trent Jones course which gives us more confidence going into the OVC tournament.”
Similar to the men’s team, the women have also had to suffer from a bad winter, which has limited their amount of outside play.
“It’s hard coming off of winter and playing tournaments, but we’ll get it together for our home tournament,” Sullivan said. “As a team we’re not playing up to our potential, but our enthusiasm is where it needs to be. If we focus on ourselves, and not worry about what the other teams are doing we will play up to our potential.”
The Lady Colonels will return to action April 10–12 in Richmond as they host the annual EKU Lady Colonel Classic at Arlington Golf Course.
“Playing at home will be good because there are a lot more friends and family there watching us, which makes it more exciting, and gets us more pumped up,” Sullivan said. “In order to get ready for our tournament here at home, we need to get our confidence back up as a team, and practice hard, and play as a team. We just need to relax and go out there and have fun. If we have fun, we’ll do good.”
Following the Lady Colonel Classic at Arlington, the Lady Colonels will prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament April 28-30 held in Paducah, Ky.