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Marion County College Report

Salem graduate playing through back trouble

Despite disc slippage, Taylor Landers anchors McKendree's Bearcats on the golf course


Salem graduate Taylor Landers, now a McKendree University senior, loves negotiating her way through a golf course. But, this year the Lady Bearcat senior has back problems to deal with, in addition to making par.

She has at least three slipped discs in her back and has been diagnosed with arthritis. She has been combating the problems with therapy and is scheduled to have an injection later this week.

"At times, the pain is so bad that I am in tears," said the former Rend Lake College golfer. "I am hoping the injection does the job. The doctor told me I have the back of someone that is much, much older."

Even though it is the case, Landers has still been able to perform at a high level.

In a field of 50 golfers at the Maryville University hosted Midwest Shootout, she finished 17th by shooting a 165 for 36 holes. She opened with an 82, before shooting an 83 in the second and final round. She had the second best score for McKendree.

"I am not disappointed with that score at all," said the former Lady Wildcat golfer. "My biggest personal goal for the year is to average in the mid 70's. I am excited for the year, both personally and for the possibilities as a team. I just hope I can play all year."

The McKendree coaching staff and her teammates are probably hoping for the same thing. Landers helped the Lady Bearcats finish fifth as a team. They carded a 657. The outing, which was held at the Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo, was won by Rockhurst University, who finished with a 635. ...

Maryville University's Kenny Evischi (Centralia) finished 26th at The Arch Cub, which was held at the Norwood Hills Country Club West in St. Louis, Missouri. Evischi shot a 159 for 36 holes. He opened with a 78 and shot an 81 in the second and final round. University of Missouri-St. Louis served as the host. As a team, Maryville finished third with a 602. Lindenwood University took first with a 592. ...


Adrian Williams (Centralia), a Lindenwood University-Belleville football player, had nine tackles, but it was not enough to power the LU-Belleville squad beyond Quincy University. He had six solos in the 36-7 LU-Belleville loss. The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx are 3-2. ...


Newman University is slated to begin their bowling season this month. Colin Howe (Salem) is a member of the team. In 43 games, he posted a 195.12 average. They are slated to open at the Midwest Collegiate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


Joy Dice (Salem) has built a 4-3 record thus far at Cedarville University. Dice, who has played all but one of her matches at number four singles, is 4-2 at number four singles. At number three singles, she is 0-1. She has also built a 5-2 in doubles action. When teaming with Lauren Jackson, she has a 4-0 mark at number two doubles. She is 1-2 at number two doubles when partnering with Maryssa Herbert. ...

Message from Dan Chamness During the months of October and November, the College Report will run every week. I will be in the county in the next two months trying to get sponsors. There are five athletes mentioned in this column. I am sure there are more than that.

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