Women's Golf Cards Four Rounds in the 80's in HL Championship First Round

Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss
Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss

April 26, 2013

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The UIC women's golf team counted four scores in the 80's, shooting a collective first-round total of 338 during Friday's opening day of the Horizon League Championship at Las Colinas at Mission Inn Golf Resort. Sophomore Cherise Mangal, playing in the No. 3 spot, carded an 11-over-par 83 to tally the Flames' low scoring effort.

Mangal carded six pars and a pair of birdies en route to a 40 on the front nine, followed by a 43 on the back side. It marked Mangal's second-lowest round of the spring. Freshman Caitlan Smollen also recorded a strong showing, shooting a 12-over-par 84 with a pair of double bogies in the final three holes. She has posted six-straight rounds in the 80's, dating back to March 11.

Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss was right behind, carding an 85 with seven pars from the No. 2 position. Sophomore Ryann Gilley rounded out the Flames' counted scores, shooting an 86 with six bogies on the back nine - she shot 40 on the front side.

"The most positive thing we can take away from today is that we got off to a good start - we've been struggling to do that lately," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We did a really good job of getting out early, and then we let it slip a little bit on the back nine, and the scores show that. But I was very pleased with how we played on the front nine.

"We've got to chip and putt better, and if we do that; we'll be in good shape for the rest of the weekend. We'll get ourselves refocused on the putting and chipping green and be ready to go tomorrow morning."

UIC improved upon their first-round score from the 2011 season by 40 strokes - the Flames shot 378 in round one at El Campeon (the site of this year's men's tournament) last April. The Flames are just seven strokes behind Green Bay (331) with 36 holes to play. UIC finished four strokes shy of the Phoenix at last week's Loyola Invitational.

After one round, Detroit and Cleveland State are tied for the team lead (312). CSU's Allyson Hackman is the individual leader after carding a one-over-par 73 to lead seven players shooting in the 70's.

Sophomore Kayla Stueland will be a member of Saturday's group, teeing off as part of a twosome at 7:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. CT); Gilley will tee off third in the 7:40 a.m. threesome; Curtiss will lead off the 8:00 a.m. group; Smollen will follow at 8:10 a.m., and Mangal will tee off at 8:20 a.m.