Women's Golf Continues Fall Season at Butler Invitational

Sophomore Caitlan Smollen comes off of the Cougar Classic with impressive rounds of 79 and 84
Sophomore Caitlan Smollen comes off of the Cougar Classic with impressive rounds of 79 and 84

Oct. 4, 2013

CHICAGO - The UIC women’s golf team will play in the Butler Invitational (Oct. 7-8), the sixth event of the Fall season, Monday and Tuesday at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis. After taking a two week mid-season break, the Flames are ready to finish out their season strong.

“We expect to shoot 320 or under in both rounds,” said UIC head coach Carol Rhoades. “We have worked hard on our scoring shots and have had good practices the last two weeks, so I would expect us to make that final jump into the scoring zone we are looking for.”

The Flames will compete against Evansville, Green Bay, Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Loyola, Purdue and Butler. The women will play 18 holes each day and there will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The Flames have enjoyed their best fall season in the history of the program and head to Indianapolis with confidence. The team successfully began their season at the Chi-Town Classic (Sept. 2), posting two scores in the top-10 as junior Elizabeth Curtiss tied for the lead (78) and sophomore Caitlan Smollen tied-for-sixth (80).

Junior Cherise Mangal led the Flames to a third place finish in the Green Bay Shootout (Sept. 8) with a round of 80. During the same weekend, UIC carded its third lowest 36-hole total in program history at the Green Bay Invitational (Sept. 9-10) with a score of 649.

Although the team narrowly fell to Horizon league competitor Green Bay in a dual match (Sept. 14), Smollen claimed the program’s first individual title with a career low round of 76. The Flames are coming off of their fifth event, the Cougar Classic (Sept. 16-17), with consistent 18-hole totals of 325 and 325.