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    Nora Lucas
    Nora Lucas
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Glenview, Ill.

    High School:
    Loyola Academy

    Birthdate:
    06/16/1990

    AT ILLINOIS
    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.

    High School
    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.

    Personal
    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

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