Women's Golf Wraps up Competition at Sunshine Spring Classic
March 11, 2013
Ryann Gilley became the first UIC player to break 80 this season, shooting a six-over-par 78 in Monday's final round of the 3rd Annual Sunshine Spring Classic, held at the Par-72, 6,008-yard Rio Pinar Country Club.
Gilley's 78 followed up an opening round 82 on Sunday. Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss also significantly improved on Monday, shooting an eight-over-par 80 after carding an opening round 84 on Sunday. Sophomore Cherise Mangal also improved by four strokes, firing an 88 on Monday after shooting 92 in the first 18-hole round.
"We continued to make progress and our scores continued to drop today," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "I was very pleased with Ryann (Gilley) and Elizabeth (Curtiss) today, and their ability to elevate their games. We'll get some good practice time in over the next couple of weeks and prepare for the bulk of our spring schedule."
As a team, the Flames shot a two-round total of 675, including a 335 on Monday, five strokes better than Sunday's round. UIC finished fifth in the field, behind fourth-place Chicago State (659), third-place Seminole Community College (652), second-place Florida Atlantic (648) and tournament champion Detroit (610).
Freshman Caitlin Smollen shot an opening round 82 on Sunday, and followed it up with an 89 on Monday. Meanwhile, sophomore Lindsay Purpura shot 93-97 for a two-round total of 190.
UIC will be idle until next month, when the Flames take part in the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational at Weaver Ridge G.C., the weekend of April 6-7.