Illini Start Lady Jaguar Tournament in Third Place
March 14, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga.- When the dust settled on the first round of the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate Tournament, the Illini women's golf team played themselves into one of the top spots of the 14-team field. The Orange and Blue finished in third place, recording a first round total of 311 (+23). The tournament, hosted by the Augusta State Lady Jaguars, is transpiring at the par 72, 6,214-yard Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Both Sam Postillion and Stephanie Miller got off to great starts for the Orange and Blue. Postillion is tied for first place along with Mercer's Lacey Fears. The redshirt junior shot a 73, one-over-par for the day. Meanwhile, Miller was close behind in a tie for third place, as the freshman shot a 74 (+2). Together, the two leaders of the team carded seven birdies throughout the round, counting for all but two for the team total.
“Sam had a very solid day, said head coach Renee Slone.“ She didn’t get quite get off to the start she was looking for but hung in there, stayed patient, stuck to her plan, made birdies, finished strong, and was able to shoot a 34 on the back nine.”
Following Postillion and Miller was Ember Schuldt with a score of 81 (+9) as the senior sits tied for 39th. Teammate junior Erin Ahern rounded out the Illinois scorecard with an 83 (+11) while freshman Emily Joers finished with an 85 (+13).
The Illini fared solidly in the first round collectively carding nine birdies, three of which came from Postillion. Illinois teed off on the first hole to start tournament play and the Orange and Blue executed even play throughout the round. Freshman Stephanie Miller also added to the list of birdies carding four throughout her round, two of which were back-to-back on holes 15 and 16.
Leading the field of competition was the No. 14 Vanderbilt Commodores (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings), who jumped out to a big lead after posting a team score of 299 (+11). Trailing the Commoders in second place is No. 46 East Tennessee St. who carded a team total of 309 (+21). Mercer University and the University of Kansas round out the top five, shooting 312 (+24) and 316 (+28), respectively.
“Considering we left a lot of shots out there and this is a golf course that takes a very disciplined approach and patience, our misses weren’t in the right spots,” Coach Slone said. “A lot of positive things were learned today and we are hoping to have a better day tomorrow team wise.”
The Orange and Blue will recommence action at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate tomorrow morning when they tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT. However, due to weather all teams will play 36-holes on Saturday to finish the tournament.