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Tale Of Two Rounds For Drake At Hotels At Grand Prairie Invitational

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Release: April 06, 2012
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PEORIA, Ill. - The Drake women's golf team fired a two-round total of 651 on Friday (April 6) to stand seventh among 10 teams at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational hosted by WeaverRidge Golf Club.

After carding a 337 as a team in the tournament's initial 18 holes, the Bulldogs bounced back with the squad's best showing of the spring on the final 18 holes, with a second-round 314.

"After not shooting to our potential in the opening round, it was a nice bounce-back effort in the afternoon to shoot a 314, hopefully that will give us some momentum heading into tomorrow's final round," Bulldog head coach Leanne Smith commented.

Junior Chelsey Falk (Glenwood, Minn.) paced Drake's effort shooting a first-round 80 before registering a season-low 74 over the final 18 holes, to sit in ninth place with a 154 total.  Falk finished her day with five birdies, including an eagle on the par-5 first hole.

Sophomore Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) carded rounds of 84 and 76 to stand tied for 20th-place with a 36-hole score of 160.  She concluded her day with three birdies.

"Chelsey (Falk) and Hadley (Jennings) put together a pair of strong second rounds today and that is something that was really nice to see," said Smith.  "I think things are finally coming together and I'm looking forward to our effort tomorrow."

Firing scores of 167 (86-81=167) and 170 (87-83=170), to sit tied for 37th- and 43rd-place, respectively, was freshman Danielle Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.) and senior Paige Menze (Oxbow, N.D.)

Rounding out Drake's top-five was sophomore Cristina Bowery (Carmel, Calif.), who shot back-to-back 90's, good for a 56th-place.

Tournament play concludes on Saturday (April 7) with a shotgun start beginning at 8:00 a.m.

DRAKE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Chelsey Falk 154 (80-74=154/9th), Hadley Jennings 160 (84-76=160/T-20th), Danielle Brooks 167 (86-81=167/T-37th), Paige Menze 170 (87-83=170/T-43rd) and Cristina Bowery 1800 (90-90=180/56th).

HOTELS AT GRAND PRAIRIE INVITATIONAL

APRIL 6, 2012 • 36 HOLES

WEAVERRIDGE GOLF CLUB (PEORIA, ILL.)

1) Northern Iowa 597 (302-295=597)

2) Southern Illinois 612 (304-308=612)

3) Indiana State 624 (318-306=624)

4) Western Illinois 642 (321-321=642)

5) Eastern Illinois 647 (325-322=647)

6) Bradley 649 (326-323=649)

7) Drake 651 (337-314=651)

8) Loyola 653 (334-319=653)

9) Chicago State 660 (325-335=660)

10) Nebraska-Omaha 679 (344-335=679)

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