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Schroeder leads HU golf to 6th place finish at IWU Invite

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MARION, Ind. – The Huntington women’s golf team opened up their season with a record-breaking weekend at the Indiana Wesleyan University Fall Invitational. After setting a new program scoring record on Friday by shooting a 348, the Foresters topped that by one stroke (347) to finish sixth out of nine teams with a 695.

Leading the way for Coach Schownir’s crew was rookie Betsy Schroeder. The Homestead High School product fired a 161 (81, 80) to finish tied for seventh out of 59 golfers.

Abby Poole tied for 16th by turning in a 169 (85, 84). Leah Thompson’s 177 (87, 90) earned her a share of 33rd place while Rachel Blauert carded a 188 (95, 93) good for a tie for 43rd. Rounding out the scoring for HU was Sophie Frazier with a 207 (108, 99).

Other scores included Alayna Steely with a 190 (85, 105) and Sarah Scott with a 220 (109, 111).

“As a program, we made great progress these past two days,” said Schownir. “Considering this was the first week of classes and the first college tournament for four of our freshmen, I thought they did very well and there is a lot to build on.

“Betsey Schroeder proved she is a good college golfer by tying for seventh and just missing the All-Tournament Team by one shot. Three of our freshmen were in the starting lineup and the other, Alayna Steely, shot a career-best 85 playing as an individual in the first round to play herself into the #5 position for our next tournament.”

Indiana Wesleyan topped the leader board by shooting a 633 followed by Olivet Nazarene (657), Taylor (666), IU East (675), Grace (683), HU (695), Mount Vernon (709), Oakland City (734) and Grace B (786).

The Foresters have over a week’s break before heading to Michigan for the Grace College Invitational on September 13.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.