Women's Golf Takes Third at Titan Tri-Match|
March 9, 2014
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - The UIC women's golf team started the 2014 spring season with a third place finish at Detroit's Titan Tri-Match on Sunday (March 9). The Flames finished the round with 18 pars and a team score of 363.
"I am very pleased with our performance today in the areas that we have been working on this off season," said UIC head coach Carol Rhoades. "After six months of snow and cold, our first day on the course was very encouraging in many areas. We are a bit rusty in our short games while adjusting to the environmental conditions. I expect our scores to drop dramatically over the next three days."
Junior Ryann Gilley led the Flames with a round of 83, which tied for eighth place. She was +2 on the Par 3s, which was the fifth best performance of the day. Gilley led UIC with eight pars.
"Ryann continued to lead the Flames in all categories," Rhoades continued. "I am very pleased with her mental fortitude playing with the best players from other schools and maintaining focus on her game."
Sophomore Caitlan Smollen and junior Cherise Mangal both finished tied for 14th with a round of 93. Meanwhile, junior Elizabeth Curtiss placed 16th with a 94. Curtiss was +2 on the Par 5s, which was the lowest score on UIC. Freshman Shannon Menard (103) and junior Kayla Stueland (108) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.
"Elizabeth, Caitlan and Cherise had more positive results today in the preparation phase of competition," said Rhoades. "I was happy to see Kayla return from her elbow injury and start the competitive phase of her recovery. Shannon had many positives in her first competitive round away from Chicago."
UIC stays in Florida for the next three days as the Flames compete in Seminole State's Spring Break Invitational (March 10-12). The event will take place at Timacuan Golf Club located in Lake Mary.