Women’s golf takes second at EKU Colonel Classic

By Justin Kelley

DeKALB — The women’s golf team continue its hot streak with a second place finish at the Eastern Kentucky University Colonel Classic in Richmond, Kentucky. It was the third time in the second half of the season the Huskies finished fourth or higher.

Senior Kelly Anderson and sophomore Lauren Ingle were NIU’s top finishers, tying for sixth place and shooting three over par. Senior Brielle Ward was the next highest placing Huskie, finishing tied for 15th and shooting nine over par.

NIU jumped out in front of the pack shooting 287 as a team, nine strokes better than host EKU. Ingle was NIU’s top performer in round one shooting a 71 through the first 18 holes.

Head Coach Kim Kester said she has happy to see her team compete at a high level on a tough course.

“It’s always nice to bring home some hardware,” Kester said to NIU athletics. “We hadn’t seen this course, it was extremely hilly, [and it was] good to see that the girls stuck it out and came home with a trophy.”

The Huskies dropped to second place in round two. NIU struggled to find the same consistency and ended with a team scored of 301 and dropped to second place.

Ingle again led the way for the Huskies, shooting a round score of 73, one over par. Anderson helped keep NIU in contention by shooting a 75.

The Huskies had a combined score of 588 after the second round, which put them four strokes behind the leader in Eastern Kentucky.

NIU held strong in the third round to secure a second-place finish. The Huskies shot a combined score of 300 in the final round.

NIU shot a final score of 888. EKU took the home victory wrapping up an 875 to finish 13 strokes ahead of the Huskies. Oakland University finished 16 strokes behind NIU in third.

Anderson shot even in the final round with a 72. Ward and Ingle helped the Huskies secure the second-place finish shooting a 77 and 75 on the final round respectively.  

Kester was proud of the way Anderson played and said she will be key down the stretch.

“[Anderson] had a good tournament, it’s good to see that as we get closer to conference tournament time,” Kester said.

The Huskies will play in their final regular season tournament April 13-14 for the Lady Boilermaker Invitational at the Pete Dye South Course in West Lafayette, Indiana.