Women’s golf finishes fourth at Boilermaker Invite

By Tom Burton

DeKalb — The women’s golf team wrapped up its regular season Sunday at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational with a fourth place overall finish.

The Huskies finished behind Augusta, Texas Tech and No. 21 ranked Perdue in the tournament and defeated Butler and Ball State.

The high point of the weekend for the Huskies was shooting a 289 in round two, which ranks as the best score in program history.

Junior Brielle Ward shot a one-under-par round of 71 and sophomore Isabella Samudio fired a career-best round of 67.

“A lot of positive to take away from the event,” said head coach Kim Kester. “The ladies fought all weekend which is good to see. They battled the tough conditions and had a good tournament.”

Ward led the Huskies for the week with a runner-up finish as an individual. Kester said some of Ward’s recent success can be attributed to a swing change.

“It’s definitely nice to see Brielle playing well this time of year,” Kester said. “She has made some changes in her swing this season, and everything is coming together nicely. Overall she is putting herself in great spots to have a great run at [making birdies].”

The Huskies will shift their focus to the Mid-American Conference Championships, where they finished second this past season.

Kester said this weekend’s performance was a good indicator of what the team can accomplish when it is playing good golf.

“I think our second round definitely showed the ladies low scores are possible,” Kester said. “We have the ability to do it three days, we just need to execute. The ladies are all in good spirits heading into [the] MAC, which is good.”

Day one tee time for the MAC Championships is set for Friday and the event will run through Sunday at Naperville Country Club.