Caitlan Smollen Wins Individual Title at Green Bay Dual|
Sept. 15, 2013
LEMONT, Ill. - The UIC women's golf team faced off against Green Bay Saturday in a dual match at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. The Flames shot 323 as a team, six strokes behind the Phoenix (317), but sophomore Caitlan Smollen took home the individual crown by carding a career-low 76. She bested Green Bay's Katie Pokrandt (77) by one stroke to collect the first individual victory in program history.
"I was very pleased with our overall performance today," said UIC head coach Carol Rhoades. "We started out slow and came back strong. We have worked hard the last week on our scoring around the green and that is starting to show dividends. Our goal of 320 is in reach. We are anxious to participate in the Cougar Classic against a strong field."
Smollen shot even par on the back nine to finish with a 76 and best her previous career-low round of 79 at the 2012 Detroit Titans Fall Classic. Smollen's previous best finish was sixth earlier this season at the Chi-Town Classic when she shot an 80.
Junior Elizabeth Curtiss carded an 81 and placed in a tie for sixth while junior Cherise Mangal finished in eighth with an 82. Junior Ryann Gilley (84), freshman Shannon Menard (98) and junior Lindsay Purpura (100) rounded out the UIC lineup.
The Flames compete in their fifth event of the Fall season Monday and Tuesday at Chicago State's Cougar Classic. Held at the Harborside International Golf Club in Chicago, the Cougar Classic will feature thirteen teams: Creighton, University of Texas-Pan American, Detroit, Dayton, IPFW, Eastern Illinois, Loyola, Northern Illinois, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Indiana State, UIC and Chicago State.
UIC vs. Green Day Dual (Saturday, Sept. 14)