Perez Finishes in Ninth-Place Tie at Horizon League Championship|
April 29, 2012
"Our first Horizon League Championship proved a wonderful learning experience for our freshmen," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "I am continually amazed by the performance of our first-year players. They have represented UIC with the utmost grace and dignity. We are now evaluating our strengths and planning our course of action for our second season. The experiences we have accumulated throughout this first year will continue to prove invaluable as we move into the future of the program."
Perez shot 86 in Sunday's final round, leading a group of three Flames that broke 90. Kayla Stueland also carded an 86, while Elizabeth Curtiss shot 88. Meanwhile, Cherise Mangal shot 90, and Lindsay Purpura finished with a final-round 101.
The Flames finished with a three-round total of 1,071 (378-343-350), 13 strokes behind seventh-place Valparaiso (1,058). Butler (984) repeated as Horizon League Champions, convincingly out-dueling Loyola and Detroit, who tied for second in the field (1,009). Over the final two days of the tournament, UIC shot 14 strokes less than Valparaiso and only four strokes more than Green Bay, who finished sixth overall.
Detroit's Lindsay Lammers and Loyola's Ann Vrodolyak shared individual medalist honors, both shooting a three-round total of 238. Stueland also finished in the top-30 of the individual field, tying for 29th overall with a three-round total of 266 (91-89-86) - she improved upon her score in each round of the tournament.
UIC's first-ever women's golf season is now complete after finishing the campaign at the Horizon League Championship. The Flames are set to return all five starters in their lineup, and will resume play in their non-competitive season next fall.