By COURTNEY DANIEL/Sports writer

Finishing only 23 strokes behind the winner of the SIU Saluki Tournament, Eastern’s women’s golf team finished strong in fourth place last Sunday and Monday with a total of 649 strokes.”I was really pleased with the way they played-they were very consistent,” Coach Joni Stephens said. “The conditions were difficult. It was windy, wet and cold, but they didn’t let that get in the way.”

Stephens said due to inclement weather, it took much longer to play the course.

“It took six and a half hours to finish the course each day, whereas it usually only takes four or five hours at the most,” Stephens said.

Leah Larkin headed up the Lady Colonels with 157 strokes finishing in fifth place in individual play.

“Senior Leah Larkin played a 75 the first day. It was an extremely good round,” Stephens said. “To shoot a 75 in those conditions was excellent; I was really proud of her play that day.”

Close behind Larkin, Melissa Rosloniec finished in a tie for seventh place with a total of 159 strokes.

Further down, Brittany Klein collected a score of 167 strokes and ended in a tie for 27th place.

Leslie Booth had an accumulated score of 169 strokes, also ending in a tie for 35th place.

Kellie Warner and Rachel Montgomery both shot a score of 174 strokes, tying for 48th and place ending with Shellie Stephens tied for 56th place with 176 strokes as her final tally.

The Lady Colonel’s return home next Thursday and Friday to host their annual spring tournament, The Lady Colonel Classic.

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