UIS golf thaws out in Mississippi with a win
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UIS men’s and women’s golf took to the road Feb. 16 and 17 to compete in the Frito Lay Intercollegiate tournament in Philadelphia, Miss.
Coach Frank Marsaglia was expecting a slow start from the teams due to the Midwest’s plague of snow. He added, however, “As soon a we can get outside…they should be back to where they were at the end of the fall.”
The women’s team finished with a two-round team total of 684, just over the 330 average predicted by Marsaglia. The score kept them 19 strokes ahead of Jackson State, the only other women’s team competing.
Sophomore Rebecca Ramirez earned first place in the tournament for the Prairie Stars, with a low round of the tournament of 81 and a two-round score of 166.
Senior Caitlin Osborn followed behind Ramirez, shooting a 170 for the tournament. Osborn recorded scores of 82 and 88 on each day.
Graduate student Casara Marsaglia and freshman Jocelyn Matsen both shot 174. Junior Liz Kesinger finished the tournament with a total of 193.
UIS men’s golf took seventh place of 15 teams and finished the tournament with a combined 625 score.
Freshman Talon Supak led the way for UIS with a two-round score of 153. He was the only UIS player to shoot under 80 on both days of the tournament. Supak finished the tournament tied for fourteenth place.
Sophomore Kent Gregory followed closely behind with a two-round score of 154 and shot the lowest round of the tournament for UIS at 74. Gregory tied for 17th place with four other participants.
Other significant scores came from freshman Trevor Flota, who shot a 162 for the tournament, and junior Jake Wherley, right behind him with a 163.
Fellow GLVC affiliate University of Missouri St. Louis secured the title with a total score of 590. UIS finished in sixth place on the first day. Jackson State beat UIS out of sixth place on the second day of the tournament.
The top individual score was awarded to Jose Pablo Segurola of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The junior finished with a two round score of 145, eight points lower than UIS’ best individual score. IUPUI finished the tournament in fourth place.
The Prairie Stars are back in action on March 2 and 3 in the UMSL Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.