Flames Improve Score by 35 Strokes in HL Championship Second-Round

Lindsay Purpura improved upon her first-round score by 11 strokes.
Lindsay Purpura improved upon her first-round score by 11 strokes.

April 28, 2012

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HOWLEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Freshman Alex Perez carded a six-over-par 79 at the Mission Inn Resort Saturday, helping the UIC women's golf team slice 35 strokes off its first-round team score at the 2012 Horizon League Championship. All five players in the Flames' lineup recorded better scores than they did in Friday's opening round.

"I am really pleased with our progress today - we closed the gap, and had some good rounds," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Every player shot better today and we look forward to some even better scores tomorrow. Obviously after day one, we dug ourselves quite a hole and looked like a team in its inaugural season. But today, we overcame some obstacles, and showed flashes of the team we are going to become. We're looking forward to taking another step tomorrow."

Perez's 79 represented one-of only five individual rounds in the 70's in the second round. She sits in an eighth-place tie individually heading into Sunday's final 18-hole round. Elizabeth Curtiss shot a single-round total of 86, while Kayla Stueland (89) and Lindsay Purpura (89) both also broke 90. Cherise Mangal carded a second-round 96, slicing four strokes off her opening round total (100).

The Flames still sit in eighth-place, but now are only 13 strokes behind seventh-place Valparaiso. UIC shot 343 in Saturday's round, after shooting an opening-round total of 378 on Friday. On the day, the Flames collected the field's sixth-best score, out-dueling both Green Bay (348) and Valpo (357).

Defending champion Butler (654) enters Sunday's final round with a 20-stroke lead over Detroit (674). Loyola and Cleveland State are tied for third, while Youngstown State sits in fifth place, and Green Bay is in sixth. The Bulldogs carded a 323 team score on Saturday, the best team score in the field.

Detroit's Lindsay Lammers continues to lead the individual field - she shot 78 on Saturday and her two-round total (157) leads Loyola's Ann Vrodolyak (158) by one stroke.

The League Championship's final round is set to get underway Sunday morning.