The Women’s golf team traveled to Illinois this weekend to begin their season competing against 13 other teams in the Redbird Invitational. After a long day of 36 holes at Illinois State’s Weibring Golf Club, the team tied at third place with Bradley University.

The tournament will conclude today with 18 holes, where the Cardinals will try to by pass Bradley, as well as Bowling Green State and leader Toledo. The team is only five strokes behind Toledo.

Junior Jenna Hague and senior Meghan Perry led the way in the first day back on the green. Hague shot a 72 in the first round and a 70 in the second finishing with a 142 for the day, or 2-under, while Perry shot a 71 and 74, finishing with a 145, or 1-up.

Freshman Kelsey Sear competed as an individual and finished with a score of 163 after shooting her second round nine strokes better than her first.

As a team, Ball State ended with a 299 in the morning and with a 298 in the afternoon.

“Our lineup is a lot different from last year, so we had some unknowns on what to expect, but I’m anxious to see what this team can produce,” Ball State head coach Katherine Mowat said. “We have to take today and what we learned from the course and use that knowledge to fix our mistakes and capitalize on opportunities tomorrow.”

The final round will tee off today at 8:30 a.m. CT.