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Georgetown College women's golf weathered the crazy wind of day one Monday and came out solid Tuesday. The Tigers cut 20-strokes as a team from day one and finished sixth out of eight teams in the Midway University Eagle Invitational at University Club of Kentucky.
Baylee Salyers and Sydney Swingos finished just out of the top 10, tying each other for 11th. Mary Catharine Borders gave GC three players in the top 20, tying for 17th.
"I'm very happy with how our players responded on day two after battling through tough conditions on day one," said GC coach Marlene Schulte. "Our senior, Sydney, really stepped up and shot her lowest score of the semester on the second day. It's a great note for us to end on as we prepare for the conference tournament in two weeks."
Georgetown College women's golf wrapped up its first spring meet with a strong day two. The Tigers moved up from eighth to seventh against a very stiff field. Three of the teams in the 10 competing are in the Top 15, two in the Top 5.
GC dropped four strokes Tuesday to finish the tournament with a 690, one stroke behind Tennessee Wesleyan University in sixth. Keiser University, ranked fourth nationally, won the event with No. 3 Dalton State University 21 strokes back in second. Campbellsville University, ranked 11th, finished fifth.
Marlene Schulte has not been on the job long as Georgetown College women's golf coach, but she is already blazing a trail of future Tigers to help build the program she wants. Her first foundation block is a solid rock in Mason County High School standout Jordan Frodge.
The Kentucky native signed as Schulte's first commit Monday afternoon in her high school library.
As the number two golfer, Frodge has helped the Lady Royals finish eighth in the state the past two seasons. She posted her best scores under pressure at the final tournament, illustrating her calm in the fire.
"I love challenges. I've always been a person that whenever a challenge comes my way I want to take it head on and go through it," Frodge said to her hometown paper the Independent Ledger.
Georgetown College women's golf team will have new direction this spring. Tiger standout Marlene Nall Schulte takes over for Taylor Elder, who moved to Ohio when her husband accepted a new role in Campus Crusade ministries. Elder is now head women's coach at Cincinnati Christian University, but left behind a good group of golfers for Schulte in her first season at the helm.
"I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity to take over the women's program at Georgetown College," Schulte said. "As an alumnus and former player, it is an honor to be head coach. I look forward to our team becoming a major contender in the Mid-South Conference. The players have put in the hard work through this off-season, and we are excited for the spring."
Georgetown College men's and women's golf teams were not messing around in this early home opener to the fall season. The male Tigers cruised to the Bluegrass Fall Classic championship at Cherry Blossom Golf Course outpacing the closest competition by 24 strokes and just 11 strokes over par with a 587 over two days.
The women also played well despite the heat and walking 18 holes, shooting a 675 – seven strokes off the lead for second.
Drake Stepter, sophomore transfer from Freed-Hardeman University – won the men's side with a two-day card of 140, including a four-under par day Tuesday. He shot even par to start the tournament. Patrick Oakley, 147, and Michael Brown, 149, also made the all-tournament team.