Women's Golf Shoots 319 at Chi-Town Classic

Kayla Stueland (79) owns five rounds in the 70s during her UIC career
Kayla Stueland (79) owns five rounds in the 70s during her UIC career
Sept. 1, 2014

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LEMONT, Ill. - The UIC women's golf team began the 2014-15 season with a strong performance at the third annual Chi-Town Classic Monday afternoon on their home course of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. The Flames posted a team score of 319, the third best in program history and the lowest since Sept. 9, 2012 when UIC carded a 312 at the Detroit Titans Invite.

"I am very excited about the results from our first event of the season," said UIC head coach Carol Rhoades. "Our team score of 319 was a benchmark that we had set for ourselves and we achieved the goal today. We are excited to regroup and refocus our efforts to prepare for the remainder of our September schedule."

UIC landed three golfers in the top-10 as senior Kayla Stueland, senior Ryann Gilley and junior transfer Kelsey Jensen all carded a 79. Stueland's round is her lowest in two years when she carded a 79 at the 2012 Detroit Titans Invite. Stueland now owns five rounds in the 70s during her UIC career.



Jensen, a two-time NJCAA All-American at Seminole State College of Florida, delivered a spark to the UIC program in her Flames debut. It is the lowest debut round by a UIC newcomer, besting Alexandra Perez's (2011) and Angela Shin's (2012) debut score of 80.

Gilley carded her fifth career round in the 70s, which includes two rounds of 78 last Fall. Gilley's previous low at the Chi-Town Classic was an 84 at last year's event.

Senior Elizabeth Curtiss fired an 82, one year after tying for first place at the event with a round of 78. Jennifer Kim, a freshman from Palatine, Ill., carded an 88 in her first round at UIC. Senior Cherise Mangal (83), junior Caitlan Smollen (85) and freshman Julia Kim (86) highlighted UIC's play in individual action.

"I am so excited about the performance this weekend of newcomers Jennifer and Julia Kim," Rhoades continued. "Jennifer and Julia have arrived on campus ready to compete for a starting position. Today both players showed a little bit of nerves in their first collegiate tournament which is to be expected. Their ability will continue to shine as they gain valuable experience in the upcoming weeks."

Pressing on with their busy Fall season, the Flames will head to Wisconsin next weekend for the Green Bay Fall Invitational. The tournament will be held at the Green Bay Country Club from Sept. 8-9. At the event last Fall, the Flames finished with a 36-hole score of 649 which is the third lowest in program history.

Chi-Town Classic Team Results

Loyola - 307

UIC - 319

Kayla Stueland - 79

Kelsey Jensen - 79

Ryann Gilley - 79

Elizabeth Curtiss - 82

Jennifer Kim - 88
Valparaiso - 326

UIC in Individual Play
Cherise Mangal - 83
Caitlan Smollen - 85
Julia Kim - 86
Marki Kaim - 91
Shannon Menard - 92