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
Schuldt, Sloan Shoot 73s to Lead Orange and Blue
54-Hole Event Slated for May 10-12 at Colorado National Golf Club
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: Third on the team in stroke average at 76.64 in 33 rounds, which ranks ninth on Illinois' single season list ... Competed at 11 tournaments and was the team's top finisher four times ... Had four top-15 finishes, including placing fifth at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic, sixth at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational, T-11th at the Hoosier Fall Invitational and T-13th at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic ... Recorded her career-low tournament total of 220 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic ... Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week for the third time in her career following the Illinois Challenge ... Finished career ranked third on Illinois' all-time stroke average list at 77.00
2010-11 - Junior: Led the team in stroke average with a 76.91 mark ... Led the team in top-15 finishes with five, including the Memphis Women's Invitational (T-12th), the Lady Buckeye Invitational (T-13th), the Indiana Invitational (T-14th), the BYU Entrada Classic (T-15th) and the Lady Northern (T-15th) ... Tallied two subpar rounds on the year, including carding her career low round of 69, three-under par, in the final round of the Lady Northern, which also ties her for eighth all-time in program history ... Also recorded her season-low tournament total of 221, five-over par at the Lady Northern ... One of three to compete at all 12 tournaments, including the NCAA Central Regional ... Was Illinois' second highest finisher seven times and the team's top finisher twice.
2009-10 - Sophomore: Second on team in stroke average with a 76.56 mark, which ranks eighth on Illinois' single season list ... Scored five top-25 finished and placed top-30 seven of 11 events ... Illini's second highest finisher seven times and the team's top finisher once ... Secured her season-low tournament total of 221 at the Challenge at Eagle Landing ... Also had her season low round of 71 at the Challenge at Eagle Landiing ... Had her highest finish as an Illini coming in third at the UC Spring Invitational ... Only Illini golfer to participate in every tournament.
2008-09 - Freshman: Team leader in stroke average with a 77.88 mark in a team-high 34 rounds ... Tallied seven top-25 finishes and placed in the top 30 in 10 of 11 events ... Was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on February 25 after notching a career-best finish (T-8th) with a score of 230 at the Islander Spring Classic and leading the Illini to their best finish (T-6th) of the year ... Top Illini finisher in six tournaments and only Illini golfer to compete in every tournament ... Season-best tournament total of 226 came at the Eagle Landing Invitational where she led the Illini to their season-low tournament total of 915 ... Shot a season-low single round score of 73 in the final round of the Badger Invitational and the second round of the Eagle Landing Invitational ... Won two TaylorMade- Adidas Collegiate Series events over the summer ... Qualified to play in Duramed Futures Tour event at Lost Marsh in Hammond, IN ... Finished 11th at Illinois' Women's Open in the summer.
Six-time Illinois Junior Golf Association Player of the Year ... Four-time state qualifier earned All-State honors in 2006 (4th place) and 2007 (5th place) ... Three-time conference and regional champion ... High school team placed second, fourth and third at the IHSA State Championship in 2005, 2006, and 2007, respectively ... First girl to ever qualify for state from Marian ... Holds the nine-hole school record of 33 (-4) ... 2007 Illinois Junior Girls Champion ... 2007 Illinois Junior Girls Match Play Champion ... Team captain as a senior ... Four years on the High Honor Roll ... Member of National Honor Society.
Born Sept. 18, 1989 ... Daughter of Bob and Christie Sloan ... Hobbies include working out, music and reading ... Majoring in Business ... Her biggest thrill in sports was becoming an Illinois golfer ... Favorite golfer is Tiger Woods ... Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Illinois Athlete Leadership Academy ... Her dad has influenced her athletic career the most because he got her started with golf and coached her until college.
Sloan's Career Statistics (2011-12)
Year Events Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Rd. Low Tour. 2008-09 11 34 2,648 77.88 73 (2x) 226 2009-10 11 34 2,603 76.56 71 221 2010-11 12 35 2,692 76.91 69 221 2011-12 11 33 2,529 76.64 71 220 Totals 45 136 10,472 77.00 69 220
Best Finish: T-3rd -- UC Spring Invitational (March 26-27, 2010)
Low Round: 69 (Round 3) -- Lady Northern (Oct. 11-12, 2010)
Low 54-Hole Score: 220 -- Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic (Sept. 12-13, 2011)
Low 72-Hole Score: 309 -- Big Ten Championships (April 23-25, 2010)
Getting to Know Samantha...
Nickname: Slammin' Sammi
I chose Illinois because: I love everything about it
My favorite place on campus: Irwin, because I love to study
My best memory as an Illini is: Our first win at the Plantations my sophomore year
Being a Fighting Illini means: Having a great sense of Pride
Funniest teammate: Crystal Smith
Best dressed teammate: Michelle Mayer
Something I have to bring on every road trip: Hair spray
Pre-round superstitions: I can't wear new clothes to a tournament
Favorite course: Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV
Favorite club: Driver
Favorite athlete: Gordon Beckham
Favorite Illini athlete (not on your team): Kelsey Joannides
Favorite sports team: Chicago White Sox
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite movie quote: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
Favorite TV show: Sex and the City
Favorite book: Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite food: Peanut Butter
Favorite activity outside golf: Working out
Favorite restaurant: Cocomero
Favorite band: Lil Wayne
Most memorable putt: A 40-footer for 69 at Big Ten Previews Junior year
My favorite foursome: My Dad, Ben Hogan, Rory McIlroy
Dream job: Professional Golfer
Unique or quirky habit: Bobbing my head to music
Actress I would want to play me in a movie about my life: Jessica Biel
Super power I would most like to have: Be able to fly
Best thing I cook in the kitchen: Roasted Butternut Squash
Person I would most like to spend a day with: Will Ferrell
If I was on a reality show it would be: Jersey Shore
Best playlist on my iPod: My Workout Mix
If I weren't a golfer, I would play: Volleyball
One thing I can't go a day without: listening to music
Something most people don't know about me: I own 15 pairs of gym shoes
One thing I've always dreamt about doing: Being a hip-hop dancer
Three words that describe me are: Determined, Hardworking, Intelligent
Career Plans: LPGA Qualifying in July
Updated May 2012