Women's Golf Wraps up Play at Cardinal Classic

Sophomore Kayla Stueland
Sophomore Kayla Stueland

Sept. 23, 2012

YORKTOWN, Ind. - The Flames improved their team score by three strokes in Sunday's final round, and three players shot a better individual score than they carded on Saturday, as the UIC women's golf team finished the Cardinal Classic in 12th place at The Players Club Golf Course, a par-72, 6,258-yard trek in Yorktown, Ind.

Sophomore Cherise Mangal shot a two-round total of 169 (85-84) to lead UIC's individual efforts. Sophomore transfer Ryann Gilley was just four strokes behind (173), while sophomores Kayla Stueland and Elizabeth Curtiss and freshman Caitlan Smollen shot two-round totals of 175, 176 and 178, respectively. Playing as an individual, sophomore Lindsay Purpura shot 92-96 (188).

"We had a tough couple of days; as a team, we need to play with more consistency," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We saw some improvement from round to round, including between the front and back nine holes. Our team goal continues to be shooting 320 for a single round, and we'll work on that in practice going forward."

Ball State, the host team, captured the team title with a two-round team total of 611 (309-302), while Horizon League foe Valparaiso finished 10th overall. Individual medalist honors went to Korakot Simsiriwong of Marshall, who captured the title over BSU's Jenna Hague in one playoff hole.

The Flames will be idle for the next three weeks, before wrapping up the fall season at the WIU Autumn Invitational (Oct. 14-15) in Macomb, Ill.