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September 21, 2007

Eagles to host Ray Wright/Screaming Eagles Classic

EVANSVILLE, Ind.For the third straight year, the University of Southern Indiana women's golf team will host the Ray Wright/Screaming Eagles' Golf Classic at the Cambridge Golf Course, located south of the Hwy. 41 and I-64 intersection.

The 12th annual tournament will be played Sunday and Monday and features 15 teams, including nine GLVC teams as well as Division I Western Kentucky University.

Joining USI from the GLVC is Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the University of Indianapolis, Quincy University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bellarmine University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Lewis University.

Other teams competing include Rend Lake College, John A. Logan College, Brescia University, Lindenwood University, and NCAA II Great Lakes Region foe Northwood University.

USI, which is coming off a first-place finish at the Illinois Wesleyan University Fall Classic, has three players averaging less than 80 strokes per round. Junior Tara Wiley (Oxford, Indiana) and sophomore Jessica Dooley (Goshen, Indiana) are averaging 78.2 and 78.3 strokes per round, respectively, while sophomore Kimberly Gottwald (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) is third on the team with a 79.2 strokes-per-round average.

The Eagles, who are sixth in the nation in scoring average (316.83), tied for second in last year's tournament, shooting a two-round 652 (323-329). Sophomore Renee DeCaro (LaPorte, Indiana) led USI with a 158 after posting the squad's low round with a 77 on the first day.

Indianapolis, which is second in the nation in scoring average (312.43), won the tournament a year ago with a score of 631 (321-310), while Indianapolis's Kristi Piepenbrink was the individual champion with a five-over score for 149 (73-76).

The tournament begins with USI teeing off Sunday at 9 a.m. from the number one tee. Monday's closing round will be a shotgun start beginning at 8:35 a.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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