Senior Crystal Smith posted five birdies and is tied for 11th individually after 36 holes of play
Feb. 25, 2013
Peoria, Ariz. – Through 36 holes of the Westbrook Spring Invitational, the Illinois women's golf team slots in at 12th place in the 13-team field recording a team total of 619 (+43). Highlighting the first day of action was Illinois' very own Pimploy Thirati, who was one of three golfers in the tournament to post an eagle through the first round. The eagle came on the par 5, 482-yard eighth hole and helped boost Thirati to a tie for the number two position on Illinois' five-golfer lineup after two rounds of play.
Chalking up more highlights for the Orange and Blue during the first round of play was Crystal Smith, who is participating as an individual in the Westbrook Invite. Smith posted her lowest round of the year (72) in the first 18 holes to skyrocket herself into a tie for third place amongst the pool of individuals. Later in the second time around the course, Smith shot her second-lowest round (76), which put her where she currently sits in a two-way tie for 11th place. Moreover, as Smith was finding her groove, she tallied five birdies in the first 36 holes to put her at a total score of 148 (+4).
Leading the competition at the invite is seventh-ranked Arkansas (583, +7), followed closely by ninth-ranked Washington and 15th Texas Tech in a neck-and-neck battle at 585 (+9). Individually, Arvidsson of Texas Tech, Kim (Washington), and Lopez (Arkansas) all currently top the leader board in a heated three-way tie for first at 142 (-2).
Redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion (153) is leading the way for the Illini and is tied for 29th following her first two rounds of 77 and 76, respectively. Teammates Pimploy Thirati and Jacqueline Calamaro (154) are hot on the heels of Postillion as they are both sitting in a tie for 38th overall following the first two rounds.
“We had a good week of preparation heading into the tournament this weekend, but we just weren't clicking on all cylinders today,” said head coach Renee Slone. “We started to feel a momentum shift in our favor at the close of the second round and we hope to get things going in a better direction and carry that momentum with us into the final round tomorrow.”
The third and final round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. CT due to a frost delay. Live scoring of the tournament can be found by visiting the following link while a recap of the final round can be found on fightingillini.com.
Westbrook Spring Invitational Results after 36 Holes
12. ILLINOIS 310-309 = 619 (+43)
T29. Samantha Postillion 77-76 = 153 (+9)
T38. Pimploy Thirati 76-78 = 154 (+10)
T38. Jacqueline Calamaro 76-68 = 154 (+10)
T56. Ember Schuldt 81-77 = 158 (+14)
T59. Michelle Mayer 81-78 = 159 (+15)