Women's Golf Cards School Record Rounds at Detroit Fall Invite
Oct. 9, 2011
Kayla Stueland and Alexandra Perez carded the first-two sub-par rounds in program history, leading the UIC women's golf team to consecutive school-record team rounds at the Detroit Titans Fall Classic on the par-73 Hartland Glen Golf Course Saturday and Sunday.
Stueland shot a two-round total of 148 (76-72) to finish fifth individually, while Perez carded back-to-back rounds of 79 and 72 (151) to finish in a seventh-place tie. The Flames finished fourth in the six-team field, shooting a two-round total of 633. Sunday's team tally of 308 set a new school-record, 17 strokes better than Saturday's collective round of 325, which temporarily represented the school-record for the first-year program.
"We're really excited about the way we played this weekend," said head coach Carol Rhoades. "We started to see a difference in our mentality and potential last week, and it really paid dividends for us this weekend, particularly today. Our goal all fall has been to break 320 as a team, and after we came up five strokes short yesterday, the players made a commitment to meet that goal today, and we ended up shooting 308. I give them a lot of credit; they just went for it, and came up with a great finish as a team."
Cherise Mangal carded her best two rounds of the fall season, shooting 84-81 (165), while Lindsay Purpura also strung together her best back-to-back rounds, shooting a two-round total of 169 (86-83). Stueland's consecutive rounds in the 70s marked the first time during the fall campaign that she has accomplished the feat, while Perez finished the fall season with six rounds shooting 79 or lower.
"Kayla had her best weekend of the season, and Alex continues to be able to shoot rounds in the 70s," Rhoades added. "Cherise and Lindsay both had their low rounds of the season, and showed some real improvement in their approach, and how to attack a tough golf course. As a team, we showed some great improvement in the progress of our shot-making."
Defending Horizon League champion Detroit finished first in the team field, shooting two-round total of 590. The Flames will begin their first-ever competitive season in the spring - stay tuned to UICFlames.com for the official release of UIC's complete schedule.
"I feel really good, as do the players, about the progress we made this fall," said Rhoades. "We faced some adversity, and overcame it the best we could. We learned a lot, particularly about what it takes to compete in the Horizon League. We'll have our two players that were injured this fall back in the spring, and will be able to play five players in each tournament, rather than four, which we regularly did this fall. We have a lot to work on, and we'll take the next three months to do that, and be ready to compete in our league come April."