Poor weather and rain delays casued a poor start for Eastern’s women’s golf’s spring schedule at the 11th annual USA Women’s Invitational Feb. 25-26. The team placed eighth out of fourteen with a score of 641 at the par-72, 6,071 yard Azalea City Golf Club.

Eastern was led by freshmen Anna Gleixner and Becky Sharpe. Both women tied for 21 with a total score of 159.

“I’m not pleased with my performance, coming right off of winter break,” Sharpe said. “I feel like we’re all in a position to get better.”

Sharpe said while she wasn’t happy with her results, she was happy how she handled the poor weather and game delays.

“I’m pleased with how patient I tried to be with the rain delays,” Sharpe said. “That was one thing I tried to do throughout my round: take it one hole at a time. Play the best shots that I could, play patiently.”

For the rest of the team, senior April Emerson (160) tied for 27th, freshman Rachel Welker tied for 44th place shooting 165, and senior Kristen Dorsey (166) tied for 46th place.

According to head coach Mike Whitson, the Colonels were not playing at the top of their game because of the three-month break from their last match.

“We’re not 100 percent sharp coming off of off-season,” Whitson said. “We will be, hopefully shortly. We’re not a northern school, but we’re not a southern school either. We can’t really come out and set the world on fire. That’s just how it goes.”

Whitson said the team is playing well in the middle of the round, but the women poorly perform in the beginning and end.

“We have got to get off to a better start in some rounds,” Whitson said. “But especially, we need to learn to finish rounds.”

Whitson said a good example of this is how Eastern was tied for third place in the middle of the second round but ended in eighth place.

Louisiana Monroe won the event with a score of 616. The University of South Alabama was right behind with a score of 617.

The Colonels return to the fairway March 5-6 at the Time Warner Racer Classic hosted by Murray State University.