Illini Take 6th Straight Illinois Challenge Victory
Feb. 2, 2014
Venice, Fla. – The Illinois women’s golf team opened the 2014 spring season with its sixth successive victory in the Illinois Challenge, defeating Illinois State 9.5-2.5. While the day started out foggy, the weather turned beautiful for a successful day for the Orange and Blue.
“It was a pretty solid day for us,” head coach Renee Slone said. “Several players played well and I thought we did a good job focusing on our commitments. We were very process oriented and had an emphasis on achieving the end goal.”
In the initial four ball matches, the Illini amassed three out of the four possible points. Freshman Stephanie Miller and junior Michelle Mayer had a successful round being victorious over their ISU opponents (4 &3). Along with that duo, both pairings of Jackie Calamaro/Emily Joers (6 &4) and Ember Shuldt/Erin Ahern (7&5) were triumphant over their ISU challengers.
Following the morning four ball matches, the Illini were victorious in the individual matches with a score of 6.5 to 1.5. Miller (5&3), Joers (3&2), Ahern (7&5), and Schuldt (6&5) all recorded wins for the Illini along with junior Pimploy Thirati (2&1) and Jackie Calamaro (2 up). Redshirt junior Samantha Postillion ended her match with a tie while junior Michelle Mayer fell just short of victory (3&2).
Illinois will open its spring tournament season on February 23 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Arizona.
Illinois Challenge Results:
Final Score: Illinois 9.5, Illinois State 2.5
Four-Ball Round (ILL led 3-1)
Jackie Calamaro & Emily Joers (ILL) def. Carlee Cossell & Maggie Ambrose (ISU) 6&4
Singles Matches (Illinois led 6.5-1.5)
Stephanie Miller (ILL) def. Jordyn Wzygoski (ISU) 5&3
Rachel Powers (ISU) def. Michelle Mayer (ILL) 3&2
Samantha Postillion (ILL) tied Courtnee Cossell (ISU)
Pim Thirati (ILL) def. Lauren English (ISU) 2&1
Jackie Calamaro (ILL) def. Carlee Cossell (ISU) 1 up
Emily Joers (ILL) def. Maggie Ambrose (ISU) 3&2
Ember Schuldt (ILL) def. Hayley Guyton 6 & 5
Erin Ahern (ILL) def. Renee Solberg 7 & 5