SDSU’s Fitts leads women’s golf team in season opener



NORMAL, Ill. — The South Dakota State University women’s golf team wrapped up the Redbird Invitational on Sunday, finishing 13th out of 15 teams to open the fall season.

The Jackrabbits shot rounds of 318, 338 and 325 for a two-day total of 981.

Individually, senior Morgan Fitts finished in a tie for 15th with rounds of 76, 78 and 78 (232). The top-25 finish was the 11th of her career, moving her in a tie for second on the SDSU career top-25 finishes list.

Freshman Michaela Kouri carded a 79 in the final round after shooting an 81 and 84 (244) on Saturday. The Sioux Falls-native finished in a tie for 43rd. Fellow freshman Sydney MacDonald finished in a tie for 59th with rounds of 78, 87 and 85 (250).

Sophomore Alli Plath posted scores of 83, 89 and 83 (255) to finish in a tie for 70th. Finishing in 84th, freshman Brianna Janu shot rounds of 90, 91 and 88 for a 269 two-day score.

Katie Jean from host school Illinois State was the top golfer of the tournament with rounds of 70, 75 and 73 (218) to finish with a four stroke lead. Toledo took top team honors with rounds of 303, 307 and 305 (915), winning by 13 strokes and placing three golfers in the top-15.

The Jacks are back in action at the inaugural Jackrabbit Fall Invitational at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.