Indiana State finishes ahead of eight teams to win Ann Rhoads Invitational
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Indiana State captured its second tournament title of the 2012-2013 season, winning the Ann Rhoads Invitational at Birmingham Southern by 21 strokes. The Sycamores finished on top of a nine-team field that included top-ranked Methodist and No. 15 Birmingham Southern.
Indiana State opened the tournament with a round of 311 on Sunday to take first place, holding onto that position with a 321 on Monday to finish with a 632 total.
“There was much more difficult weather [Monday],” Greg Towne, Indiana State women’s golf coach, said. “Emily [Dixon], McCall [Christopher] and Reece [Feducia] made the All-Tournament team. It was kind of scrappy, but the women hung in and got it done.”
Christopher opened with a 77 on Sunday and came back with a 79 Monday to finish with a 156 total and second place. She was followed by Feducia and Dixon who were third and fourth, respectively. Feducia opened with a 75 Sunday but fell back with an 82 Monday for a 157 total while Dixon opened with a 78 and shot 81 Monday for a 159 total.
It was the second career top-five finish for Christopher and her second-best career finish after tying for first at the end of regulation play of the 2011 Payne Stewart Memorial. Feducia missed the fall campaign, but played well in her first outing of her senior season to capture her sixth top-five finish of her career. Dixon now has three top-five finishes with two coming this season. She was second at the Cougar Classic, an event in which the Sycamores captured the team title.
Christina Beyerl made the biggest move on the team during Monday’s final round. Beyerl shot an 85 on Sunday to enter Monday’s round tied for 21st. Beyerl came back with a 79 on Monday to finish just outside the top 10, tying for 11th with a 164 total. Gina Della Camera rounded out the Sycamore competitors and tied for 17th. Camera shot an 81 in Sunday’s opening round, but backed up a little Monday with an 86 to finish with a 167 total.
Harding’s Brittany Marquez was the individual medalist as she shot a 71 on Sunday and survived an 81 Monday to finish with a 152 total. Methodist’s Kelsie Carralero tied Dixon for fourth at 159, with Harding’s Emily Plyler and Montevallo’s Morgan Natale tied for sixth (160). Methodist’s Jennifer Sullivan was eighth (161), Jackson State’s Stevie Booker ninth (162), and Catawba’s Leslie Long rounded out the top 10 (163).
Methodist and Harding tied for second with 653 totals while Montevallo was fourth at 667. Birmingham Southern finished fifth (675), with Catawba sixth (694), Jackson State seventh (704), Spring Hill eighth (731) and New Orleans rounded out the team standings in ninth (742).
“Hopefully the weather will break soon in Terre Haute and we can get out and get some short game work in,” Towne said. “I think we improved significantly from last year. We still have a lot to do, but it was a good start.”