By MATTHEW CRUMP
Eastern’s women’s golf team tied for third place at The 2013 Preview in Fishers, Ind. on Oct. 7 and 8. The Colonels shot 632 (+56) at the 16-team event.
The 72-par, 6,127 yard event was played at the Hawthorns Golf Club. The teams played 18 holes total in two rounds.
Head coach Mike Whitson said the team needs to work on its short game.
“We’re still throwing away more shots around the green that we don’t need to,” Whitson said. “Two or three putts we don’t need to have. We have to tighten those things up. If we do that, our scores will start to come down.”
The Colonels had a stronger score in the second round after shooting 323 in the first and 309 in the second. Whitson said weather conditions on Monday caused most of the teams to have worse showings in the first round.
“We played the same level of play, just yesterday’s conditions were extremely difficult,” he said. “Yesterday was chilly and quite windy. The course was difficult both days; it’s just a hard golf course.”
Freshman Sofie Levin was the highlight for the Colonels. She placed sixth out of 94 with a two-round +9 total of 153. Levin shot 78 in the first round and 75 in the second. She hit six birdies.
Whitson said he was especially pleased with Levin’s performance. Levin was sick with a cold the week before the tournament and didn’t get a chance to practice.
“Sofie continues to play really well,” Whitson said. “She didn’t hit any balls until yesterday in the first round of the tournament. She was not very prepared for the tournament and still played fairly well.”
Sophomore Anna Gleixner was next up for Eastern. She tied 19th with a total of 159 (+15). Freshman Emilie Simmons tied for 22 with a total of 160 (+16). Sophomores Becky Sharpe and Rachel Welker tied for 28 with totals of 161 (+17) to round out Eastern’s roster.
“Anna didn’t have her ‘A’ game this week,” Whitson said. “Everybody’s going to have a little bit of an off week every once in a while. She’s played so well for us this fall and I fully expect Anna to get to work on her game and be ready for Monday and Tuesday.”
The University of Toledo won the event with a total of 611 (+11). Host Ball State came in second with a 618 score.
The Colonels return to play during fall break at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate Oct. 14-15 in Clarksville, Tenn.