Flames Duel with Loyola, Green Bay on Final Day of HL Championship
April 28, 2013
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.- The youthful UIC women's golf team completed a solid showing in the Horizon League Championship Sunday, shooting a team total of 335 for the second-straight round at Las Colinas at Mission Inn Golf Resort. The Flames finished just two strokes shy of Loyola and Green Bay on the final day of competition. UIC counted four scores in the 80's in all three rounds of the tournament.
UIC finished seventh overall, shooting a three-round total of 1,008. The Flames shot 338 in Friday's first round, and carded rounds of 335 on both Saturday and Sunday. Loyola and Green Bay both carded team tallies of 333 during Sunday's final round. Detroit (920) ran away with the team title, out-scoring second-place Youngstown State by 20 strokes (940). Individual medalist honors went to YSU's Allison Mitzel, who shot a three-round total of 221 (77-71-73).
"I'm extremely proud of our effort this week," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Our golf course management skills were on display, and we really battled. To be only two strokes shy of both Loyola and Green Bay on the final day is something to be proud of. It shows that the program is heading in the right direction; and our players are starting to grow up and understand what it takes to compete at this level."
Freshman Caitlan Smollen carded UIC's low round on Sunday, firing a 10-over-par 82. Sophomore Ryann Gilley shot 83, while sophomores Cherise Mangal and Elizabeth Curtiss both carded a 13-over-par score of 85. Mangal's three-round total of 247 marked the Flames' best collective score for the tournament, and was good for a 23rd place finish individually.
"I was very pleased with Caitlan's (Smollen) performance; she played well, and had a chance to shoot an even lower score today. I'm excited about what this young team can accomplish going forward," Rhoades said.
Next season, UIC is set to return all five players that formed its starting lineup during the 2013 Horizon League Championship. The Flames will resume competition next fall.