Women's Golf Finishes Third at Detroit Titans Invite

Elizabeth Curtiss
Elizabeth Curtiss

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HARTLAND, Mich. - Sophomores Ryann Gilley and Cherise Mangal both carded top-15 individual finishes, helping the UIC women's golf team record a third-place tally at the Detroit Titans Invite at Hartland Glen Country Club. The Flames torched the back nine in Monday's final round, with each player in the lineup shooting in the 30's.

"We had a great tournament, and saw some progress over the past two days," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We played awesome on the back nine today, and really made a jump as a team with everyone shooting in the 30's.

"On Sunday, we had four players shoot in the 70's, which is the first time our program has accomplished that. Our team depth is starting to show. We have been working hard on our short games, and we saw the benefits of that work over the past two days."

Gilley, a transfer from Southern Illinois, finished the tournament with an 11th-place finish, shooting a two-round total of 157 (80-77). Meanwhile, Mangal carded an opening-round 75 on Sunday, and shot 84 on Monday to finish in a 14th-place tie (159).

Sophomore Elizabeth Curtiss finished two strokes behind Mangal (161), shooting 79-82; she was closely followed by classmate Kayla Stueland, who shot a two-round total of 162 (79-83). Lindsay Purpura shot 84-81 (165) to finish 21st overall, while freshman Caitlan Smollen opened the tournament by carding a six-over-par 79 Sunday, and shooting a final round 88 on Monday.

In the final team standings, UIC (335) finished five strokes ahead of fourth-place Dayton (340). Individual medalist honors went to Detroit's Lindsay Lammers, who shot a two-round total of 143, including an opening round 69.

The Flames opened the fall season with a third-place finish in the Chi-Town Classic (Sept. 3) at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. It marked the first time in program history that UIC hosted its own competitive event.