Flames Finish Third in Loyola Invitational

Cherise Mangal
Cherise Mangal

April 22, 2012

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CHICAGO - In windy, chilly conditions, the UIC women's golf team wrapped up play in the Loyola Invitational Sunday, placing third in the field. The Flames pulled away from Horizon League member Green Bay, finishing 13 strokes ahead of the Phoenix.

Winds out of the North and Northeast varied from 16-24 miles per hour, and the morning wind chill was just 39 degrees. Alex Perez, one day after shooting 79, carded a 14-over par 85 in round two, one-of just six players in the field to shoot 85 or better - she finished tied for third individually. Elizabeth Curtiss also wrapped up the tournament in the top-10, shooting 86 on Sunday to finish in an eighth-place tie.

Cherise Mangal improved upon her opening round score by seven strokes on Sunday, carding a 16-over par 87 - she shot 94 in Saturday's opening round. Kayla Stueland and Casey Hahn shot 92 and 96, respectively, in Sunday's final round. Lindsay Purpura, competing individually, shot 99 in the final round.

"I was proud of how we battled today; the scores were higher, because the golf course was playing incredibly difficult due to the conditions," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "It was good for our team to maintain third-place, and I am encouraged for next week, because we put some very good nine-hole rounds together. Our challenge is to keep progressing, and turn those solid nine-hole rounds into an entire 18-hole round."

Host Loyola captured the team title, shooting 654 as a team, seven strokes ahead of second-place Valparaiso (661). UIC carded a two-round team total of 688, while Green Bay shot 701.

UIC will compete in next weekend's (April 27-29) Horizon League Championships at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Butler is the League's defending champion.