West Chicago, Ill. – Highlighted by a third-place individual finish by freshman Katie Reno (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), the newly formed Saint Xavier University women's golf team got its first season underway this past weekend at the Benedictine University Invitational at St. Andrew's Golf Course and Country Club in West Chicago, Ill. Unfortunately due to Sunday's wet weather, the two-day event was shortened to a one-day tournament with Saturday's 18-hole round providing the complete results. Reno shot a 79 on the day en route to her third place finish, while freshman teammate Taylor Thompson (East Galesburg, Ill./Knoxville) also had a solid effort with a round of 83 to tie for sixth place individually.
Freshman Courtney Dudgeon (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie) also competed for the Cougars Saturday and turned in a score of 92, which tied her for 26th place overall. The tournament consisted of 66 individual golfers from 12 collegiate teams. Saint Xavier did not place in the team standings due to the fact that only three golfers competed.
"The girls played very well in their first ever tournament," said SXU golf coach Mike Mandakas. "They were bummed that the weather didn't hold up for the second round as they felt they could have played better, but this was a great start for our program."
The Cougars do not have too much time to dwell on the shortened tournament as the team jumps right into the Chicago State University Invitational on Monday, September 16. The two-day event takes place at Harborside Golf Course in Chicago.