Women's Golf Set for HL Championship at Mission Inn Golf Resort

Cherise Mangal carded UIC's lowest 54-hole score (247) at the 2013 Horizon League Championship
Cherise Mangal carded UIC's lowest 54-hole score (247) at the 2013 Horizon League Championship

April 23, 2014

2013-14 Season Stats
Horizon League Stats
Live Scoring

6:30 a.m. - Kayla Stueland
6:50 a.m. - Caitlan Smollen
7:00 a.m. - Elizabeth Curtiss
7:10 a.m. - Cherise Mangal
7:30 a.m. - Ryann Gilley

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT SEEDS (ranked by GolfStat rankings)
1. Detroit
2. Oakland
3. Youngstown State
4. Cleveland State
5. Valparaiso
6. UIC
7. Green Bay

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The UIC women's golf team is set to compete at the Horizon League Championship this week (April 25-27) as the Flames join six other League members at Mission Inn Golf Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The women's tournament will be played on the Las Colinas Golf Course.

The Flames will touch down in Orlando on Wednesday and make the 45-minute trek to Mission Inn. All seven teams will play their 18-hole practice round on Thursday morning. The three-day competitive event will get underway at 6:30 a.m. CT on Friday.

The team champion of the women’s tournament advances to the NCAA Tournament. The top placing individual also advances to the NCAA Tournament.

"I look for a significant improvement in our performance at UIC's third Horizon League Championship,” said head coach Carol Rhoades. “Our maturity and past experience at the conference championship should be an asset this week. We have been working hard to address our weaknesses and we anticipate our best scores of the year. We are familiar with the course and we are aiming for the best conference finish to date. The Horizon League has produced a stellar statistical year but the opportunity for success is there for the taking if we perform to our expectations."

UIC finished seventh overall at last year’s Horizon League Championship, shooting a three-round total of 1,008 on the Las Colinas Golf Course. The Flames shot 338 in the first round, and carded rounds of 335 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Cherise Mangal carded the Flames’ best collective 54-hole score (247) at the 2013 Championship. Detroit (920) ran away with the team title and Youngstown State’s Allison Mitzel won the individual title with a three-round total of 221 (77-71-73).

During UIC’s first year of competition in 2011-12, Alexandra Perez tied for ninth-place with a three-round total of 253 and the Flames placed eighth overall (1,071). Butler won the team title (984) while Detroit's Lindsay Lammers and Loyola's Ann Vrodolyak shared individual medalist honors, both shooting a three-round total of 238.

Las Colinas (The Hills) was named "Best Places to Play - 4 star" by Golf Digest, nominated as "Best New Resort Course" by Golf Digest in 1992 and received "Top Fairways" recognition by Golf for Women. Its wide-open fairways and rolling hills create an inland links design. Greens are large and its style demands proper shot placement.

The signature hole is the par 5, 12th hole named "Alligator Alley." It spans 452 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires accuracy from tee-to-green.

2011-12 Horizon League Championship
8th/8. 378-343-350=1071
T9) Alexandra Perez, 88-79-86=253
T29) Kayla Stueland, 91-89-86=266
35) Elizabeth Curtiss, 99-86-88=273
38) Cherise Mangal, 100-96-90=286
39) Lindsay Purpura, 100-89-101=290

2012-13 Horizon League Championship
7th/7. 338-335-335=1008
23) Cherise Mangal, 83-79-85=247
T26) Ryann Gilley, 86-82-83=251
T26) Caitlan Smollen, 84-85-82=251
T31) Elizabeth Curtiss, 85-89-85=259
35) Kayla Stueland, 103-105-100=308

2013-14 Scoring Averages:
Ryann Gilley - 82.9
Cherise Mangal - 85.0
Caitlan Smollen - 85.2
Elizabeth Curtiss - 85.9
Kayla Stueland – 97.4
Shannon Menard – 100.4

2013-14 Lowest Scoring Rounds:
Caitlan Smollen - 76 at Green Bay Dual Match (Sept. 14)
Ryann Gilley - 78 at Green Bay Invite (Sept. 9) & Cougar Classic (Sept. 17)
Elizabeth Curtiss - 78 at Chi Town Classic (Sept. 2) & Green Bay Invite (Sept. 9)
Cherise Mangal - 79 at Dayton Flyer Invite (Oct. 22)
Kayla Stueland - 93 at Delores Black Invitational (April 13)
Shannon Menard - 97 at Chitown Classic (Sept. 2)

2013-14 Birdie Count
Ryann Gilley - 13
Elizabeth Curtiss - 12
Cherise Mangal - 11
Caitlan Smollen - 9