By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor

The women’s golf team hit the links Monday and Tuesday at the Big River Telephone Classic at the Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Ky., where they were able to finish fourth in the 12-team field by carding a final round of 327.The Lady Colonels were in fourth place on Monday after the first day of play where they posted a score of 657 after two rounds of play. Eastern trailed UK, who posted a score of 613.

“We struggled in the first round and were in eighth place,” Coach Joni Stephens said.

Eastern was able to post better scores in the second round and finish the day one closer to the top.

Junior Leah Larkin led the way in the opening rounds for the Lady Colonels. She was tied for 10th after firing a two-round score of 158; however, teammate Jennifer Sullivan was right on her heels after carding a total of 161 to put her in 15th place. Junior Brittainy Klein, who is playing as an individual, was also tied for 15th with a score of 161.

Sophomores Kelly Flynn and Shellie Stephens were both tied for 30th place. Flynn shot a 166 total through two rounds, while Stephens posted two rounds of 83 to get to 166. Stephens is also playing as an individual.

Rachel Montgomery and Lindsay Jordan rounded out the scoring for Eastern. Montgomery is tied for 42nd after shooting a total of 172, while Jordan is tied for 52nd after carding a 186.

“If we could have played better that first round we would have been in contention for those top three spots,” Stephens said.

After the second day of play, the Lady Colonels held on to their fourth place spot. Eastern posted a third-round of 327.

The Lady Colonels finished with a score of 984, while the University of Kentucky won the 12-team tournament with a score of 925. OVC rival and host Murray State finished in second place.

“I was pleased with the fourth-place finish because we didn’t give up any ground,” Stephens said.

Senior Jennifer Sullivan stepped up her play in the final round and led the Lady Colonel golfers with a seventh-place finish after firing a three-over-par-75 in the final round. She carded a three-round score of 236.

Junior Brittainy Klein placed 14th overall with a total of 238 after posting a final-round score of 77.

“Jennifer Sullivan and Brittainy, who was playing as an individual, both played really well in the final round,” Stephens said.

Larkin also finished in the top 20 with a total of 240 to place 17th in the overall. Flynn tied for 29th with a score of 250, followed by Montgomery at 41st and Jordan at 57th to round out the scoring for the ladies. Stephens, who played as an individual, finished tied for 41st with a score of 258.

“We’re going to take a little break for Easter weekend before practicing hard for our home tournament,” Stephens said.

With a stretch of practice time ahead, the Lady Colonels will return to action April 15-17 when they host the annual EKU Lady Colonel Classic.

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