Illini Stay Competitive at Lady Jaguar Collegiate
March 15, 2013
Augusta, Ga. –The University of Illinois women's golf team wrapped up first round play at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Collegiate on Friday evening when they finished up with a team score of 319 (+31). Despite not posting their hottest round of the year, the Illini did shoot well enough to land themselves in 13th place out of the expansive 18-team field – the largest field the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate has featured in its six years of existence. 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.
The Illini fared solidly in the first round collectively carding five birdies, two of which came back-to-back from redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Calamaro on holes 16 and 17. Illinois teed off on the tenth hole to start tournament play and the Fighting Illini executed better play on the back nine than they did on the front nine, where they recorded four more bogeys and one less birdie than they posted on the back nine.
Leading the field of competition are the No. 12 Vanderbilt Commodores (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings), who shot an excellent round, posting a team score of 290 (+2) and recording 17 birdies as a team. Trailing the Commodores in second place is 15th-ranked Purdue, who closed out the first round with a team total of 295 (+7). 25th-ranked Texas (299 and, 27th Notre Dame claim third and fourth place respectively, followed by Coastal Carolina (304) and East Tennessee St. (304), who sit in a two-way tie for fifth on the team leader board. Rounding out the top ten teams in descending order are the Lady Jaguars (305), Kentucky (306), East Carolina, and the Roadrunners of UT San Antonio (314).
Junior Ember Schuldt returned to the lineup for the Orange and Blue and put forth a tremendous effort to sign off on a first round score of 75 (+3), which was good enough to land her in a five-way tie for 16th place in the pool of individuals. Schuldt marked down one birdie on the second hole and fell just three strokes short of her low-round record for the 2012-13 season. Following Ember with a score of 79 (+7) is teammate Jacqueline Calamaro, who currently sits in a tie for 43rd individually. Pimploy Thirati (80), Samantha Postillion (85), and Crystal Smith (88) comprise the remainder of the Fighting Illini's team scorecard.
In addition to leading the field of play, the Commodores also boast having two of their five golfers in the top three individually with Lauren Stratton (69) leading the pool of golfers, and Jenny Hahn (70) hot on the heels of her teammate and satisfied to be in a two-way tie for second place with the Lady Jaguar's Natalie Wille (70). Purdue's Laura Gonzalez (71) sits in fourth place followed by a seven-way tie for fifth place at the 73 stroke mark.
The Orange and Blue will recommence action at the Lady Jaguar Collegiate tomorrow morning when Crystal Smith tees off first for the Illini at 8:45 a.m. Central Time. The Fighting Illini will be paired with Georgia State and Cardinals of Lamar University for the duration of the second round. Watch for a recap tomorrow at evening at fightingillini.com following the termination of the second round.