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    Junior Nora Lucas was one of three Illini to have a opening-round 78 at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on Sunday.

    Junior Nora Lucas was one of three Illini to have a opening-round 78 at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on Sunday.

    Feb. 27, 2011

    VALDOSTA, Fla. -

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    The Illinois women's golf team completed the first round of the Kinderlou Forest Challenge at the par-73, 6,349-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club course in Valdosta, Ga., on Sunday, finishing the day with a first round total of 313 and is tied for 12th with Texas Tech. Coastal Carolina leads the tournament after 18 holes, with a round of 303.

    "I was not quite the round we were looking to post to get started," head coach Renee Slone said. "The field is very bunched together and with a good round tomorrow we can certainly pass quite a few teams. Putting was a struggle today for us. We need to just change our way of thinking when we're on the greens and have a more aggressive mindset."

    Illinois was paced by juniors Hailey Koschmann and Nora Lucas, along with sophomore Crystal Smith, each shooting a first round five-over 78. The trio is tied for 37th. Freshman Ember Schuldt shot a first round six-over 79, while junior Samantha Sloan had an eight-over par 81 to round out the Illini.

    "We just really want to go out with a more aggressive mindset," Slone said. "If we can do that, it will bode well for us. We're looking forward to tomorrow, its moving day. We'll look to get an early start and post a low number."

    Second round starts tomorrow, Feb. 28, with split tee times. For continuing coverage check, including a full recap of the second round. To follow the action live, visit

    T12 ILLINOIS                  313
    T37 Hailey Koschmann     78
    T37 Nora Lucas                78
    T37 Crystal Smith            78
    T52 Ember Schuldt           79
    T58 Samantha Sloan        81

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