Mangal's 76 Highlights Round Two of Horizon League Championship

Cherise Mangal's round of 76 is the lowest by a UIC golfer at the conference championships in program history
Cherise Mangal's round of 76 is the lowest by a UIC golfer at the conference championships in program history

April 26, 2014

Kayla Stueland (189) - 6:30 a.m. CT
Caitlan Smollen (174) - 6:50 a.m. CT
Ryann Gilley (165) - 7:00 a.m. CT
Elizabeth Curtiss (159) - 7:10 a.m. CT
Cherise Mangal (158) - 7:30 a.m. CT


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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Junior Cherise Mangal fired a 76, six shots better than Friday, and the UIC women’s golf team finished with a collective total of 330 during Saturday’s second round of the 2014 Horizon League Championship on the Las Colinas Golf Course at Mission Inn Golf Resort. Mangal’s 36-hole total of 158 sits in 12th while Elizabeth Curtiss (159) is tied for 13th. The Flames (656) are in sixth place ahead of Green Bay (660) with 18 holes to play.

The team score of 656 is the lowest 36-hole total at the conference championships in program history. The previous low was 673 set at the 2013 Championships. It is the fifth lowest 36-hole score in program history.

"I am thrilled with our record-breaking first two days," said UIC head coach Carol Rhoades. "We are gaining insight into what it takes to create success on the course. Our team has acquired a vast amount of experience at this event over the last three years and I anticipate that blossoming into a stellar final round tomorrow."

Mangal, playing at the No. 2 position, carded 13 pars and one birdie en route to an even-par 35 on the front nine, followed by a 41 on the back side. She birdied the fifth hole and played holes 4-9 at one-under par. Mangal also had five consecutive pars from holes 11-15.

"Today's round was a lot of fun and I had to calm myself down because I was so excited about the scores I was posting," said Mangal. "Being that close to par was incredibly exciting as I knew exactly what position I was in after each hole. I entered the round with a different attitude of focusing only on the shot I was standing over. Focusing on the process instead of the end result allowed me to execute all my shots and climb the leaderboard."

Mangal missed tying her career low by one shot as she fired a 75 at the Detroit Titans Invite (Sept. 9, 2012). Her round is the lowest by a UIC golfer at the conference championships in program history. Mangal has two rounds in the 70s this season as she finished the second round of the Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 22) with a 79.

"I believe all of us can go low tomorrow and we are capable of the best scores of the weekend," continued Mangal. "I learned exactly where the ball needs to be on the course for low scores and I will aim to position myself at the same spots tomorrow."

One day after carding a 78, Curtiss finished round two with a score of 81. She had 10 pars and one birdie. Curtiss was even par through four holes and birdied the 18th.

Junior Ryann Gilley (165) is in a tie for 21st following a second round total of 85. She collected six pars and birdied the fifth hole. Meanwhile, sophomore Caitlan Smollen (174) sits in 32nd after carding an 88. Smollen tallied a team-high three holes under par as she birdied the first, ninth and 16th holes.

Oakland holds the team lead with a two-round total of 624. Youngstown State’s Emily Dixon and Detroit’s Lindsey Lammers, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year, are tied for the individual lead at 153.

2014 Horizon League Championship – Round Two
1) Oakland, 310-314=624
2) Detroit, 317-315=632
3) Valparaiso, 318-320=638
4) Youngstown State, 312-329=641
5) Cleveland State, 324-319=643
6) UIC, 326-330=656
12. Cherise Mangal, 82-76=158
T13. Elizabeth Curtiss, 78-81=159
T21. Ryann Gilley, 80-85=165
32. Caitlan Smollen, 86-88=174
35. Kayla Stueland, 96-93=189
7) Wisconsin-Green Bay, 328-332=660