Women's Golf Wraps up First-Ever Tournament in Normal
Sept. 11, 2011
The Flames finished 17th in the field, but head coach Carol Rhoades saw plenty of positives in the first competitive event in the program's history.
"I'm really proud of our players; we saw a lot of improvement from round-to-round this weekend," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Kayla (Stueland) and Alex (Perez) both shot in the 70's today, which was a great way to end the tournament. We made progress on all fronts, and are looking forward to getting back to practice this week.
"We have a much better idea of what we need to improve upon, and we'll be ready to play next week in Valparaiso."
Alexandra Perez led the way for the Flames, shooting three-round total of 245 (80-87-78). Kayla Stueland improved in each round, shooting 89 in Saturday's opening round, followed by an 86 in the second, and capped off with an eight-over par 79 in Sunday's final round.
Cherise Mangal shot a three-round total of 271, including a tournament-best 88 in Saturday's second-round. Lindsay Purpura rounded out the Flames' team scoring effort, shooting a total of 288 (97-94-97).
Host Illinois State won the team title, shooting a three-round total of 917. Individual medalist honors were shared by Toledo's Piyathida and Bailey Arnold from Bowling Green - they both shot a three-round total of 22, including three-consecutive rounds in the 70's.
UIC will next compete in the Chi-po Classic at the Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, Ind., beginning on Monday, Sept. 19. The Flames will go head-to-head against Horizon League foe Valparaiso, among other regional schools in the event.