Perez Tied for 12th after Day One of Sunshine Spring Classic

Freshman Kayla Stueland
Freshman Kayla Stueland

March 9, 2012

Day One Spring Sunshine Classic Results Get Acrobat Reader

ORLANDO, Fla. - Freshman women's golfer Alexandra Perez carded a seven-over-par opening round of 79 Thursday, and sits in a 12th-place tie heading into Friday's final round of the Detroit Sunshine Spring Classic at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla.

Kayla Stueland shot 88, while Elizabeth Curtiss shot 90 in her first action since the opening round of last fall's Redbird Invitational. Cherise Manga carded a 91, while Lindsay Purpura shot 102.

"We had a lot of positives today, and got some of the rust off," said head women's golf coach Carol Rhoades. "Alex (Perez) played very well, and led the team. I expect much better results on Friday - if we improve our collective short game, we'll be in a much better position."

As a team, the Flames finished 10th in the field, with Perez, Stueland, Curtiss and Mangal all finishing the day in the top-50 individually. UIC enters Friday's final round just six strokes behind ninth-place Jackson State, and only 11 strokes short of Valparaiso and IPFW, who are tied for seventh in the field.

Stay tuned to for results of Friday's final round.