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October 1, 2013

Second for varsity at Grinnell, gold for varsity reserve at Midland

GRINNELL/VALLEY, Neb. — The William Penn women’s golf team is likely getting sick of the color silver after yet again placing second at the Grinnell Classic Saturday.

The Statesmen placed second out of six teams with a score of 328 at the par-72 Grinnell Golf and Country Club. Mount Mercy tallied a team score of 325 to slip by the navy and gold in spite of the fact all six William Penn players were in the 80s and placed inside the top 13.

It is the program’s fifth runner-up finish in five tournaments.

Madison Goodfellow won the medalist honor in the 36-person field with a 75.

Demi Coertze and Maggie Yang paced the Statesmen as each carded 81 to tie for second.

Courtney Cunningham and Jing Yang were right behind that pair with identical 83s to tie for fifth.

Ashley Manhnieo placed 10th with an 86 and Alexandria Eckenrod ended her day with an 88 to tie for 13th.

“We are getting awfully good at finishing second place this year,” Penn coach Nik Rule said. “We have had a very tough schedule so all of our prior runner-up finishes have been good results. Unfortunately, today was a classic example of under-achieving a bit.”

“Our first nine holes were very uncharacteristic of us; we pride ourselves on being an intelligent golf team with excellent course management,” Rule added. “In our first nine holes we were anything but that, going at par fives in two, trying to reach drivable par fours in one, which resulted in us taking some bogeys and double bogeys, when we should have been taking birdies and pars. Coach Latos and I spoke to each of our players during that front nine and helped make the mental adjustment to going back and playing smart golf, and it worked. On the front nine, our top four players were 28-over-par, but on the back nine we were 14-over-par. It was a nice reminder and somewhat of a wakeup call as we head toward the end of the first half of our season.”

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