Women's Golf Begins Spring Season at Detroit Sunshine Spring Classic

Freshman Kayla Stueland
Freshman Kayla Stueland

March 7, 2012

CHICAGO - The UIC women's golf team will lift the lid on its first-ever competitive spring season this weekend, when the Flames travel to Orlando, Fla., to take part in the Detroit Sunshine Spring Classic at Rio Pinar Country Club. The event is scheduled for two rounds with 18 holes on both Thursday and Friday.

"I am very excited with the progress we have made during the winter season and look forward to having Illinois State Champion Elizabeth Curtiss return to our lineup," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Her addition gives us the ability to drop one score, which will certainly level the playing field. Alex (Perez) and Kayla (Stueland) will continue to lead our steady performance with Cherise (Mangal) and Lindsay (Purpura) showing much improvement over the winter."

"Collectively, we have been working hard to improve upon our school record 308, while preparing for the pinnacle of our season, the Horizon League Championship that will be held back in Florida in April."

Competition in the field includes Horizon League members Detroit and Valparaiso, along with Creighton, Indiana State, IPFW, Jackson State, Lehigh, Seminole State and SIU-Edwardsville.

Rio Pinar Country Club, a Par-72, 6,009-yard trek, has been a fixture in Orlando golf for more than 50 years. Established in 1957, its rich history includes both the PGA Tour's Citrus Open and LPGA Tour's Lady Citrus Open events. Some of golf's greatest players like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Julius Boros became champions at Rio.

The Flames competed in five events during the fall, UIC's first-ever competition in the sport of women's golf. The team ended the fall campaign with its best collective performance, carding back-to-back school record rounds to wrap up the Detroit Titans Fall Classic at Hartland Glen Golf Course. During that tournament, freshmen Kayla Stueland and Alexandra Perez posted the first-two sub-par rounds in program history.