Senior Nancy Featherstone eyes her best finish of the season thus far after sitting in a tie for 11th through 36 holes of the Duck Invitational.
March 23, 2009
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Senior Nancy Featherstone (152) fired rounds of 75 and 77 at the par-72 5,954-yard Shadow Hills Country Club and led Illinois (636) on day one of the Duck Invitational. The Illini sit in seventh through 36 holes, while the team's lone upperclassman is tied for 11th individually.
Freshman Samantha Sloan (153) is just one shot back of Featherstone and in a tie for 13th after rounds of 78 and 75 on Monday. Three fellow freshmen make up the remainder of the Illini's tournament roster. Nora Lucas (166) tallied back-to-back rounds of 83 and is in a tie for 51st. Katelin Dilger (167) shot rounds of 84 and 83 and is tied for 55th. Kaitlyn Wampler (169) turned in rounds of 88 and 81, tying her for 59th after two rounds of play.
San Francisco (594) leads host Oregon (602) and the 12-team field by eight strokes. Oregon State (610), Missouri (616) and UC Davis (622) round out the top five.
San Francisco's Natasha Podmore (143) sits at 1-under and leads the individual field by four strokes.
Final round action begins at 10:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, March 24. For continued coverage of the Illinois women's golf team at the Duck Invitational, visit fightingillini.com for a full recap and results at the end of tomorrow's round.