Women's Golf

Marla Cox
Marla Cox

Student Coach

Fall 2003: Competed in all five tournaments and led the Illini with a stroke average of 78.29 ... Illinois' top finisher at both the Lady Northern and the Shootout at The Legends ... Finished 15th at the Mary Fossum Invitational ... Tallied a 226 at the Shootout at The Legends, the lowest 54-hole score recorded by an Illini golfer during the fall ... Shot a pair of 74s, at the Mary Fossum Invite and the Shootout at The Legends.

2002-03: Played in all 13 tournaments as a junior, earning her third Varsity "I" letter ... Fourth on the team with a stroke average of 79.17 ... Recorded three Top-15 finishes, led by season's best fourth place performance at the Illini Spring Classic ... Also placed 12th at the Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout and 14th at the Lady Northern with a season-low 54-hole score of 228 ... Recorded season-low round of 73 twice, at the Lady Northern and the Shootout at The Legends ... Illinois' second finisher at three tournaments: the Lady Northern, Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout and Lady Boilermaker Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2001-02: Participated in all 11 tournaments during the season, earning her second Varsity "I" letter ... Third on the team with a stroke average of 79.4 ... Earned the highest finish of her career at the Indiana Invitational, tying for runner-up at 3-over par ... Also registered a Top 10 finish at the Lady Razorback Invitational, finishing 10th ... Recorded a career-low 54-hole score of 225 twice, at the Lady Northern and the Indiana Invitational ... Illinois' top finisher in three tournaments: the Lady Northern, the Tapatio Springs Shootout and the Indiana Invitational ... Shot a career-low round of even-par 72 during the final round of play at the Lady Northern ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Following the season, Cox earned Player of the Year honors for the Midwest Collegiate Amateur Series during the summer.

2000-01: Had a breakout freshman year, developing into one of the team's most consistent performers and earning her first Varsity "I" letter ... Led the Illini in scoring average during the spring (79.5) and ranked second on the team for the season at 79.6 in 20 rounds of play ... Was Illinois' top finisher in five of six spring tournaments, recording four Top 10 finishes ... Best finish came at the Illini Spring Classic, where she tied for third individually with a career-low 36-hole score of 153, nine-over par ... Other Top 10 finishes came at the Lady Aztec Spring Invitational (fifth, 77), the Snowbird Intercollegiate (ninth, 156), and the San Antonio Shootout (tenth, 154).

High School: Earned two varsity letters in golf ... Won the High School District tournament in 1999 with a score of 73 ... Finished fifth in the 1999 Ohio State Tournament (83-77=160) ... Earned first-team All-State honors ... Honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born June 29, 1982 ... Nickname is Junior ... Daughter of Dr. John and Susan Cox ... Majoring in electrical engineering ... George Huff Award Winner ... Has one younger sister and one younger brother ... Won the 1998 AJGA Lucent Technologies Canadian Junior (80-76-79=235) ... Finished third in the 2000 AJGA Buick Junior and the 2000 Kraft Midwestern Invitational ... Participated in 17 AJGA tournaments over the span of four years ... Hobbies include playing the piano and reading ... Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods because of "all the work he has put into his game" ... Lists her biggest thrills in sports as winning the 1998 AJGA Lucent Technologies Canadian Junior tournament and playing against professionals in the 2000 Lima Futures Tournament.

Cox's Career Statistics

Year       Rounds    Shots      Avg.     Low Round
2000-2001    20      1,591     79.55        75
2001-2002    30      2,382     79.4         72
2002-2003    36      2,850     79.17    73 (Twice)
2003-2004    31      2,416     77.94    74 (3 Times)
Total       117      9,239     78.97        72