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

Ryann Gilley
Ryann Gilley

April 25, 2013

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The UIC women's golf team is set to embark on its second-ever Horizon League Championship experience this week, when 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 touched down in Orlando on Wednesday, and made the 45-minute trek to Mission Inn. All seven teams played their 18-hole practice round on Thursday morning. The three-day competitive event will get underway on Friday morning. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. CT) each day.

"I think we're peaking at the right time; our players have come a long way in the last 10 days of playing and in practice," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Our practice round today was good, especially with us all being able to play together. There was a lot of good, collective strategizing going on out there.

"Our players have not met their individual expectations thus far this season, and we haven't met our team expectations. But we've been getting better every day and gaining more confidence. This golf course and this tournament are going to be great for our young team."

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 - "Alligator Alley." It spans 452 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires accuracy from tee-to-green.

The par-72, 5,817-yard trek features a slope of 120. There are four par 5's, including three on the back nine; 10 par 4's and four par 3's.

Last year was UIC's first-ever competitive season in women's golf. At the League Championship, UIC shot a three-round total of 1,071 at the El Campeon (The Champion) course at Mission Inn, where the Horizon League Men's Golf Championship will be held this week. The Flames finished 13 strokes behind seventh-place Valparaiso. Butler, who has since departed for the Atlantic 10 Conference, is the defending women's team champion.