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Erin Harper earns co-medalist honors



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Then-sophomore, now-junior Erin Harper putts during the first round of the IU Invitational on April 8, 2017, at the IU Golf Course. Harper begins play at the NCAA championship Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Josh Eastern Buy Photos

IU women's golf entered the Fresno State Classic looking to extend its streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes. 

The team also earned their second top-five finish of the season by placing in second.

Three IU golfers placed in the top 20 at Fresno, but the highlight was junior Erin Harper, who earned co-medalist honors for the first time in her career. 

Harper shot a score of five-under-par to tie with UC Irvine’s Avery French. Harper’s 12 birdies helped IU obtain the second most birdies in the tournament, with 36. 

The Hoosiers were in second place for nearly the entire tournament. The gap between first and second and second and third had the second place spot locked up for IU.

The team finished 18 strokes behind Sacramento State and 14 strokes ahead of host team Fresno State.

The first round of play was delayed due to frost. Initially, the tournament was slotted for two rounds of play on Monday with the final round coming on Tuesday, but a frost delay changed things up for the 11-team field. 

Instead, the teams played the first round on day one, split the second round between day one and two, and played the final round immediately after the completion of the second round. 

Along with Harper, freshman Mary Parsons finished in the top-10 by sitting alone in sixth. Sophomore Elisa Pierre also finished in the top 20 by finishing in a tie for 18th. 

After tournaments in back-to-back weeks to start the spring season, IU will now have 10 days off before heading to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational.

Stefan Krajisnik

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