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    Samantha Postillion and the Illini hope to get on track in the third and final round of the Clover Cup.

    Samantha Postillion and the Illini hope to get on track in the third and final round of the Clover Cup.

    March 9, 2013

    Mesa, Ariz. - The Fighting Illini women's golf team opened the Clover Cup Saturday March 9 due to untimely winter weather conditions in Mesa, Ariz., playing 36 holes instead of the previously scheduled 18 in order to account for the loss of yesterday's round. The Illini fared solidly enough in the first round carding a team total of 321, a score sufficient to place the Illini in 15th place in the pool of 16 teams. The Orange and Blue followed a very similar trend in the second round of play when the team tallied another team score of 321, moving them to 16th place after the close of the first day of tournament play with a total score of 642.

    Leading the tournament since the first round has been third ranked Oklahoma (570), who shot a 281 and a 289 in the first and second rounds respectively. 34th ranked SMU (583) trails Oklahoma with 28th Northwestern (588), 13th ranked Texas Tech, and Florida International (595) rounding out the top five after the end of the first day's action. Hosting the Clover Cup is 26th Notre Dame, who is hot on the heels of Florida International with a total team score of 596. The rest of the closely contested top ten teams of the tournament is comprised of Tulsa (598), Minnesota (600), Colorado (609), followed by Michigan (610) and Mississippi (610), who are in a two-way tie for tenth.

    Illini senior Crystal Smith (156) is leading the way for the Illini with lowest scores for the first and second rounds of the Clover Cup, 79 and 77 respectively. Redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion (157) closely trails her teammate Smith, and following those two are teammates Pimploy Thirati (165), Jacqueline Calamaro (165), and Michelle Mayer (167).

    SMU's Jenny Haglund leads the tournament through day one posting a total score of 138 (-6). Very close behind Haglund is Northwestern's Hana Lee (139) and Oklahoma's Jade Staggs (140), and the remainder of the top ten individual leaders are all within six strokes of the leader, including a four-way tie for fifth at the total score mark of 142.

    For information regarding the Illini's second day in the Clover Cup, visit fightingillini.com tomorrow night for a full recap. Also visit http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4109 for real time stat updates during the Clover Cup.

    16th Illinois: 321 + 321 = 642
    T59 Crystal Smith: 79 + 77 = 156
    T64 Samantha Postillion: 80 + 77 = 157
    T89 Pimploy Thirati: 82 + 83 = 165
    T89 Jacqueline Calamaro: 81 + 84 = 165
    T91 Michelle Mayer: 81 + 86 = 167

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