Mangal Shoots 79; UIC Improves by Three Strokes on Day Two

Ryann Gilley
Ryann Gilley

April 27, 2013

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Sophomore Cherise Mangal led her team for the second-consecutive day, carding a seven-over-par 79 to help the UIC women's golf team shoot a 335 during Saturday's second-round of the Horizon League Women's Golf Championship at Las Colinas at Mission Inn Golf Resort.  The Flames improved upon their first-round team tally by three strokes.

Mangal was the last UIC player to tee off, assuming the top position in the lineup during the second-round. She posted nine pars, and birdied the par-4 14th. She shot 39 on the front nine, and carded a three-over-par 40 on the back side. She enters Sunday's final round in a 17th place tie individually.

Mangal has shot UIC's only two rounds in the 70's this season, after shooting an identical score of 79 in the second round of the Bradley Invitational on April 6.

"I was very aware of where I stood on each hole as it related to par today," said Mangal. "Usually, when I'm playing in the No. 1 spot, I skyrocket a little bit on the leader board. But today I was really focused; I wanted to prove that I could go out there and shoot a low number."

Sophomore transfer Ryann Gilley bounced back from an opening round 86 to shoot a 10-over-par 82 on Saturday, and sits in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings. Freshman Caitlan Smollen continued her consistent play, following up Friday's opening round 84 with an 85 on Saturday. Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss posted an 89 after shooting 46 on the back nine on Saturday.

UIC was just three strokes behind Green Bay on Saturday, and enters Sunday's final round 10 strokes shy of the Phoenix for the tournament. The Flames have posted 36-hole team total of 673, while Green Bay's team tally is 663 through the first two days of competition.

"Our scores are improving, and we're continuing to improve as a team," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We have 18 more holes left, and our goal is to close the gap and move up in the standings. One thing that's going to be important for us tomorrow is to close out our rounds. We really struggled on the 18th hole today, and in the end it added a few strokes to our final team score."

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