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Tavia Rutherford (3rd) and Kali Gottsleben (5th) enter Tuesday in the top-5
Courtesy: USF Athletics

USF Fourth After First Round of Bob Writz

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/03/2012
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Similar to the men's team, the University of Sioux Falls received an outstanding individual performance in Tavia Rutherford, as the Cougars combined for their lowest round as a team in 40 degree weather Monday at the Bob Writz Invitational. USF enters tomorrow fourth overall, following a 332 on the day, while Rutherford enters Tuesday in third place.

Rutherford struggled with the weather early, but indicative of her team, she settled in and played her best round of her young career, going one-under on the back nine to finish third through two rounds with a 76.

"This past fall was a learning experience for me. From climate change to competing at the collegiate level, it has taking some getting used and today I was far more comfortable and confident. That was reflected in my game," said Rutherford.

"I only hit seven greens, which is well below my average, but I stayed loose and was able to get up and down and sink a couple of birdies. It felt good."

Three teams will tee off tomorrow ahead of the Cougars. Behind individual leader, Dominique Dinallo (74), Colorado St-Pueblo is in first with 320, while Regis trails by five strokes at 325 and Franklin College is in third at 329 through two rounds, three ahead of USF.

Kali Gottsleben also had a great opening round and gave the Cougars their second scorer in the top-10. She is two strokes back of teammate Rutherford with 78 to sit in fifth place.

Kelsey Leif is tied for 30th after shooting 88 Monday, while Davee Johnson is tied at 35th overall following a round of 90. Tia Nihart recorded a 92 in her opening round and enters tomorrow tied for 38th place.

Such poor weather called for patience and head coach Jenny Coluccio was proud of her team's response. "We made a few mistakes or bad decisions early, but we kept great attitudes all day and slowly settled in," said Coluccio.

"Our schedule does not permit many opportunities to play competitive RMAC schools, so this is an excellent test for the team to see where we are."

USF will resume play with an 8:15 shotgun start.

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