Women's Golf Wraps up Competition at Benbow Invitational

Cherise Mangal
Cherise Mangal

March 14, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first-year UIC women's golf team posted its best team score of the spring season, carding a season-best 341 on Monday, followed by a 352 on Tuesday, in the Don Benbow Invitational at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

Freshman Alex Perez finished tied for 15th individually, shooting a six-over par 78 on Monday, followed by a nine-over par 81 in Tuesday's final round. Kayla Stueland broke 90 in both rounds, shooting 88-88 (176) to finish tied for 59th in the field.

The Flames finished 25 strokes ahead of Horizon League member Green Bay, and only four tallies behind in-state rival Northern Illinois. After day one, UIC sat in 11th place, ahead of Evansville, NIU and UWGB.

"I am very excited about our showing within the Horizon League and look for continued improvement as we continue to compete against our conference rivals," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We battled some windy conditions, and made a good comeback after a difficult start in today's final round."

Cherise Mangal shot a two-round total of 179 (87-92), while Lindsay Purpura shot 88 and 91 (179). Elizabeth Curtiss carded a two-round total of 185 (90-95) to finish 75th individually.

IUPUI captured the team title, shooting a two-round total of 614 (315-299), and out-pacing second-place Sam Houston State. The Horizon League's top team finisher was host Butler, which carded a collective 633 (330-303) tally. Sam Houston State's Shelby Hardy collected medalist honors, shooting 73-77 (150) to finish first overall in the field.

UIC will be idle until April 9, when the Flames travel to the Motor City to take part in the two-day (Apr. 9-10) Detroit Titans Invitational at Western Country Club.