Ball State Women’s Golf will get its fall season going Sunday in Normal, Illinois, this weekend at the Redbird Invitational. The Cardinals got a round of golf in against Dayton last week, but this will be the first official tournament round of the fall season. 

The Cardinals fell to Dayton 330-312 after 18 holes of play Monday, Sept. 3. Leading the pace was sophomore Liz Kim (+5). Following Kim was sophomore Emily Knouff (+10), freshmen Elizabeth Amendola and Dylann Armstrong (+11) and freshman Morgan Lewis (+12). Rounding out the Cardinals’ score were freshmen Hadley Moritz and Ja Santadusit (+13). Also scoring 13-over-par was junior Manon Tounalom. 

Despite losing the team versus team match, morale is still high for the future.

“I think [the athletes] are incredibly excited to embrace the challenge and be at their best this year,” said head coach Katherine Mowat. 

The Cardinals will be teeing off against conference competitors and high-ranking teams Sunday and Monday. One year ago, the Cardinals placed 11 out of 12 teams. 

This weekend will be a good opportunity for these young players to get used to tournament play. With a whole lineup of freshmen looking to prove their worth, every stroke will count. 

“I think it is going to be a tough fight to be on this team,” Mowat said. “This is the kind of depth that will only make us better.”

The team will look to Tounalom for guidance and leadership, as the player with the most team experience. 

“I just want to win some tournaments and play well for my team,” said Tounalom. “I want to be a good leader because I am the oldest on the team.”

The Cardinals will tee off Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sep. 10 at the Weibring Golf Club for the annual Redbird Invitational against Illinois State. 

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