Women's Golf Wraps up Competition at WIU Autumn Invitational

Cherise Mangal
Cherise Mangal

Oct. 16, 2012

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MACOMB, Ill. - The UIC women's golf team wrapped up the fall season at the WIU Autumn Invitational Sunday and Monday. The competition took place at the Henry Mussatto Golf Course, a par-72 course in Macomb, Ill.

"The conditions were difficult for golf" said head coach Carol Rhoades. "Dropping temperatures and 30 mph sustained winds delayed the start and limited play because of excessive rain. I am encouraged with our progress and mental toughness despite the challenging conditions."

Sophomores Ryann Gilley and Kayla Stueland were the Flames' top performers in the tourney, each carding a combined score of 167 (85-82). Both tied for 8th place overall. Freshman Caitlan Smollen finished seven strokes behind the Gilley and Stueland, with a score of 174 (86-88), which was good for 15th individually. Sophomores Cherise Mangal and Elizabeth Curtiss finished with tallies of 177 and 183, respectively. Kristi Tschudin of WIU was the top finisher of the tournament. She shot 79 and 76 over the two days.

UIC finished in third place with a total score of 683 (349-329) which was just five strokes behind Green Bay (678). Western Illinois (632) finished on top, with the WIU B team coming in fourth place with a score of 684. UIS rounded out the competition in fifth place (744).

Head coach Carol Rhoades is optimistic going into training for the spring season. "We made progress in the fall season and are hoping to capitalize on it going forward. We will be focusing on our short game in the offseason as we try to become more consistent as a team."

The WIU Autumn Invitational was the last event of the Flames' fall season. Check for the release of the spring schedule.