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SMC Golf: IWU Classic tees off in Illinois Saturday

Becky Slinger | Friday, September 15, 2006

After a rainout Wednesday, the Belles will compete against 23 teams this weekend when they attend the IWU Fall Classic hosted by Illinois-Wesleyan in Normal, Ill.

Forming the lineup will be junior captain Katie O’Brien, sophomores Alex Sei, Meredith Fantom, Perri Hamma and Katie McInerney, and freshman Kate Doornbos.

The entire squad – save for freshman Doornbos -has played the “fair” 5,400-yard Ironwood Golf Course before, Sei said.

And Doornbos, she said, will be very capable to handle the par-72 layout.

The 18-hole course is surrounded by homes, but McInerney said that wouldn’t be a distraction.

“Our team is very focused on improving and playing our best,” she said. “Nothing will distract us.”

A deep lineup ensures that distractions won’t trouble the rest of the team, either.

“Our lineup reflects our capabilities of raising the team’s ranking,” Sei said. “We’re very focused on our ultimate goal of winning another MIAA Championship.”

Head coach Mark Hamilton was also confident the team would shoot a low round this weekend.

The only obstacles the course poses to the team are several swamps, which Sei said would not be problematic if the team stays on the fairways and hits accurate shots.

“The key to shooting a low round is to focus and to take one shot at a time.” Sei said. “We have a good chance of being the best in this tournament.”

After the Fall Classic, the Belles will attend the rescheduled MIAA Jamboree hosted by Albion on Sept. 22-23.