By Walter Lesczynski

Eastern finished in ninth place at an abbreviated tournament Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Michigan took top honors with a 9-over-par score of 293. Minnesota came in second place with 304, 11 shots behind the Wolverines.

The Wolverine Invitational, hosted by the Michigan women’s golf team, was played at the 6,098-yard, par-71 University of Michigan golf course in Ann Arbor.

The Colonels finished with a 36-over-par 320, just six strokes ahead of Oakland, who came in at 42 over par. Detroit Mercy and Indiana State were both just one shot behind Eastern Kentucky, at 321.

Eastern’s leader was freshman Taylor Church, who tied for 18th in the tournament with a 77. Only one shot behind with a 78, Sophomore Gabrielle Anderson tied for 23rd overall. Lindsey Rankin finished 46th with an 81, Alex Schmidt 62nd with an 83, and Linda Hogberg came in 67th with an 87.

The players were originally scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday, Sept. 13 and finish with 18 holes on Sunday. Although play had begun Saturday morning, it was soon suspended as the course quickly became miserable under a steady rain. Mother Nature and Hurricane Ike cancelled the rest of Saturday’s play with showers all day and into the night.

The weather finally cleared allowing play to resume on Sunday morning with a shotgun start. The rain held off until just after the tournament’s conclusion.

Unfavorable weather conditions had the same effect at the Wolverine International in 1981, when only 18 of the scheduled 36 holes were played.

The tournament included Bucknell, Detroit Mercy, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Illinois State, Indiana State, Kennesaw State, Michigan, Minnesota, Oakland, SMU and Toledo.

The Colonels return to the links next Monday and Tuesday in Indiana for the Ball State Cardinal Classic. The forecast calls for sunny skies.