Indiana State has three golfers in the top 12 after opening day at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. This trio helped the Sycamores take second place as a team after 18 holes – tied with host Butler and IUPUI at 27 over par. Eastern Michigan holds a slim lead at 25 over par throughout the first day of the event.

“It was a reasonable start, especially for our first round away this spring,” coach Greg Towne said. “We had high scores on a few holes as the wind was blowing hard off the ocean, and we had to adapt. After the round, we had a nice post-round practice and flattened out a few areas, so I feel of course our chances tomorrow.

Lauren Green paces Indiana State at 4-par-75, notching a trio of birdies and 10 pars on the 6,021-yard course. Chelsea Morrow and Kristen Hobbs each posted scores over 7 to end the day tied for 11th.

Madison Branum at 9-of-80 and Iyoun Chew at 19-of-90 rounded out the Sycamores on Monday, tied for 22nd and 73rd respectively.

Competing as individuals in the tournament, Molly Lee is tied for ninth after shooting a 77 while Grace Welty is tied for 55th after shooting an 85.


• Engineers take softball accolades — Rose-Hulman won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball player of the week award after a historic 8-2 spring trip to Florida last week.

Nicole Lang was named HCAC Softball Hitter of the Week and Ariel Thomasson earned HCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.

Lang batted .441 with a team-high .941 slugging percentage in 10 games. She finished 15 of 34 at the plate with nine doubles, one triple and two homers. Lang scored 12 runs, had eight RBIs and added a stolen base.

Thomasson finished the week 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and one save to highlight the team’s pitching performance. She pitched 34 innings, allowing just 24 hits with 29 strikeouts and one shutout.

Rose-Hulman completed her best spring softball trip in program history with an 8-2 record after going 9-27 as a team last season. The Engineers are scheduled to start the season at home against Greenville at 1 p.m. Saturday.

• Brownell Recognized — Rose-Hulman high jumper Kyle Brownell was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Week for his efforts Saturday at Ohio Northern University.

Brownell won the high jump competition with a jump of 6 feet 6 1/4 to win the Polar Bear Invitational.

Rose-Hulman opens the outdoor home season on March 19 in the RHIT Early Bird Invitational.