Illini Reach Regionals for Second Year in a Row
Illinois Ties for 14th at Colorado National Golf Club
Illinois Tied for Ninth after 36 Holes of West Regional, One Shot Back of Eighth
Photos of the Illinois women's golf team at the NCAA West Regional in Eerie, Colo.
Photos of the women's golf team at the 2012 Big Ten Championships on April 27-29
Photos of the women's golf team on the Big Blue Course in Lexington, Ky.
2011-12 - Senior: Set the individual 54-hole school record with a 205 (-11) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, where she won the first tournament of her career and led Illinois to team school records for single round and overall tournament total ... Garnered first Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor following the Westbrook Spring Invitational ... Ranked second on the team with a 76.40 stroke average in 30 rounds, which also was the seventh-best single season average in school history ... Earned the second top-10 conference finish of her career by placing ninth at the Big Ten Championships ... Equaled the third-best single round in school history with a 67 (-5) in the second round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational ... Competed in 10 of 12 tournaments and led the Illini twice ... Had two other top-20 finishes to go along with two top-10 finishes, tying for 15th at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic and tying for 18th at the Eagle Landing Invitational ... Finished career ranked sixth on Illinois' all-time stroke average list at 78.07.
2010-11 - Junior: Carded a 78.32 stroke average in 28 rounds ... Traveled to 10 tournaments, including the NCAA Central Regional Championship ... Had two top-15 finishes, including placing fifth at the Indiana Invitational and tying for 13th at the Irish Invitational ... Had her season-low round of even-par 72 in the second round of the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic ... Also tallied her season tournament low of 224 (+8) at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.
2009-10 - Sophomore: Had a stroke-average of 78.40 ... Secured a season-best finish at the UC Spring Invitational, finishing tied for 13th ... Shot her career low round of 73 three times, at the Ron Moore Collegiate, Challenge at Onion Creek, and Pinehurst Challenge ... Tallied her career low tournament three times as well, at the Challenge at Onion Creek, Pinehurst Challenge, and the UC Spring Invitational.
2008-09 - Freshman: Posted the third-best stroke average on the team with a 79.34 mark in 29 rounds ... Led the Illini at the Big Ten Championship and tallied the best finish by a freshman at the event with a tie for sixth place thanks to a 72-hole total of 308 ... Notched the best finish by an Illini at the conference tournament since 2000 when Laurin Kanda tied for fifth ... Season-best single-round score of 74 and tournament total of 233 came at the Eagle Landing Invitational, helping the Illini notch their season-low tournament total of 915 ... Competed in 10 of 11 tournaments on the season ... Won the US AM Women's Qualifier with a score of 69 ... Qualified for the US Women's Am at Old Warson Country Club ... Finished 8th at the Illinois Women's Open.
Tied current teammate Samantha Sloan for fifth place at the 2007 IHSA Class AA State Championship with rounds of 73 and 74 ... Led Loyola to a fourth-place team finish at the state meet and to conference, regional and sectional titles as a senior ... Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Individual Champion and team MVP as a senior in 2007 ... All-Conference selection and Team Captain in 2007 ... Winner of the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) "For the Good of the Game" Award, which honors sportsmanship and strength of character, in 2006-07 ... Winner of Chicago Park District Open ... Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Born June 16, 1990 ... Daughter of Larry and Libby Lucas ... Hobbies include reading, traveling, politics and boating ... Majoring in English ... Making a clutch putt is her biggest thrill in sports ... Her favorite golfer is Lorena Ochoa ... Member of the pre-law club ... A member of Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity for her academic accomplishment ... Lists her grandpa, who played football at Illinois, as her Fighting Illini hero while growing up.
Lucas' Career Statistics (Through 2011-12)
Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Low Tour. 2008-09 10 29 2,301 79.34 74 233 2009-10 7 20 1,568 78.40 73 (3x) 230 (3x) 2010-11 10 28 2,193 78.32 72 224 2011-12 10 30 2,292 76.40 67 205 Totals 37 107 8,354 78.07 67 205
Best Finish: 1st -- Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 26-27, 2012)
Low Round: 67 -- Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 26, 2012)
Low 54-Hole Score: 205 -- Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 26-27, 2012)*
Low 72-Hole Score: 308 -- Big Ten Championships (April 24-26, 2009)
* school record
Updated May 2012
Getting to Know Nora...
Nickname: The Big Nasty
I chose Illinois because: Coach Slone
My favorite place on campus and why: The union because of all the history
My best memory as an Illini is: Traveling to South Bend for regionals
Being a Fighting Illini means: Working hard
Funniest teammate: Crystal Smith
Best dressed teammate: Maureen Liddy
Something I have to bring on every road trip: A fan
Favorite course: North Shore CC
Favorite club: Wedge
Favorite athlete Lorena Ochoa
Favorite Illini athlete (not in your own sport): Luke Guthrie
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bears
Favorite movie: Something's Gotta Give
Favorite movie quote: "I wrote you 365 letters."-The Notebook
Favorite TV show: Glee
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite food: BBQ chicken pizza
Favorite activity outside of golf: Deep sea fishing
Favorite restaurant: La Grande Orange
Favorite band: Elton John
Longest drive: 400
Most memorable putt: Winning the state amateur, 3 footer
Dream foursome: Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng and Tom Watson
Dream job: LPGA player
Unique or quirky habit: Have to sleep with a fan on
Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Diane Keaton
Cartoon character that best describes me: Patty Mayonnaise
Super power I would most like to have: Fly
Best thing I cook in the kitchen: Tacos
Person I would most like to spend a day with: Lorena Ochoa
If I was on a reality show it would be: Amazing Race
One thing I can't go a day without: Diet Coke
Something most people don't know about me: I love hanging out in the Racquet Club
One thing I've always dreamt about doing: Doing a comedy routine
Three words that describe me are: Loving, funny and responsible
Career plans: LPGA