Flames Hold Off Green Bay to Finish Sixth at HL Championship

April 27, 2014


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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The UIC women's golf team recorded its best finish at the Horizon League Championship in program history, shooting a team total of 329 Sunday on the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Golf Resort. The Flames finished in sixth place with a three-round total of 985, four shots in front of Green Bay (989).

UIC’s 54-hole total (985) is the lowest team score at the conference championship in program history. UIC had three different players tally rounds in the 70s at the conference championship for the first time.

Detroit (943) defeated Oakland (950) with a final round total of 311 to collect the team title for the second consecutive year. Oakland led through the first two rounds but fired a 326 on Sunday. Individual medalist honors went to Detroit’s Lindsey Lammers, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year, who shot a three-round total of 228 (76-77-75).

Sophomore Caitlan Smollen carded UIC's low round on Sunday, firing a six-over-par 79. She finished the weekend in a tie for 27th place with a total score of 253. Smollen collected nine pars and consecutive birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. She finished the 2013-14 season with three rounds in the 70s, including a career-low 76 at the Green Bay Dual Match (Sept. 14).

Juniors Ryann Gilley and Kayla Stueland carded a final round score of 83. Gilley tallied 11 pars and her 248 total tied for 23rd place. Stueland birdied the par-3 11th for her second birdie of the season. Stueland’s last round of 83 occurred on Sept. 10, 2012 at the Detroit Titans Invitational.

Junior Elizabeth Curtiss concluded the weekend as UIC’s best finisher as she tied for 15th place with a 54-hole total of 243. She carded an 84 on Sunday and collected 11 pars. Curtiss’ three-round total (243) is the lowest score at the conference championship in program history. The previous low was Cherise Mangal’s 247 at the 2013 Championship.

Cherise Mangal birdied the second and sixth holes Sunday and carded a round of 87. She finished the weekend in 19th place with a total score of 245.

Next season, UIC is set to return all five players that formed its starting lineup during the 2014 Horizon League Championship. The Flames will also add three golfers, including nationally-ranked transfer Kelsey Jensen from Seminole State College of Florida. UIC resumes competition next fall.

2014 Horizon League Championship - Final Results
1) Detroit, 317-315-311=943
2) Oakland, 310-314-326=950
3) Youngstown State, 312-329-314=955
4) Valparaiso, 318-320-319=957
5) Cleveland State, 324-319-317=960
6) UIC, 326-330-329=985
T15. Elizabeth Curtiss, 78-81-84=243
19. Cherise Mangal, 82-76-87=245
T23. Ryann Gilley, 80-85-83=248
T27. Caitlan Smollen, 86-88-79=253
35. Kayla Stueland, 96-93-83=272
7) Wisconsin-Green Bay, 328-332-329=989