Illini Wrap Up Day Two at Lady Jaguar Collegiate
March 16, 2013
Augusta, Ga. –The Fighting Illini women's golf team completed the second round of action at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on Saturday afternoon, at which point the Illini carded a team total of 322 (+34) – three more strokes than the team committed on Friday during the first round of play. Combined with yesterday's team score of 319, the Illini now have a counting tournament total of 641 (+65), which bumped the Illini down two ranks to place them in 15th out of the 18-team pool. The Illini currently trail Southern Mississippi by three strokes, but the Orange and Blue also bear a slim two stroke lead on the Charleston Southern Buccaneers.
Illinois shot decently enough in the second round, but the team was not quite able to match, or surpass, yesterday's score of 319. In today's competition the Illini collectively carded four birdies, and three of the four were courtesy of junior Ember Schuldt, who remains a force to reckoned with in this weekend's tournament. Similar to yesterday's contest, the Orange and Blue teed off on the tenth hole, however, the team did not fare as well on the back nine as it did in the first round. Over the course of the first round, the Illini recorded four more bogeys and one less birdie on the front nine than they marked on the back nine. However, in the second round of action, Illinois took on a nearly opposite trend, collectively carding five more bogeys on the back nine than it posted on the front nine holes.
The Commodores of Vanderbilt still enjoy the overall lead of the event, despite committing three more strokes than they had in yesterday's contest, boasting a counting team score of 583 (+7). The Commodores matched their birdie count of 17 in the second round in addition to recording one eagle, by Lauren Stratton on the par-five sixth hole. Purdue maintained ownership of second place and was also able to gain some ground on the Commodores as the Boilermakers shot a second round team score of 291 (+3), which now places Purdue at a counting tournament total of 586 (+10). Furthermore, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shot considerably better in the second round when their team carded a round score of 290 (+2), sufficient to boost them into third place and land them a counting tournament score of 593 (+17). The Lady Jaguars of Augusta State (599) also moved up the rankings after the second round, when they shot a 294 (+6) and rocketed up three ranks and landed in fourth place. Coastal Carolina remains in the same position as they were in yesterday and still rounds out the top five teams of the tournament thus far.
Fighting Illini junior Ember Schuldt built off of her first round momentum to sign off on a second round score of 73 (+1), which was good enough to move her up from 16th place into a nine-way tie for seventh at the 148 total stroke mark. Schuldt's second round score of 73 is two strokes less than her first round score and only one stroke over her low-round record for the 2012-13 season. Also following the trend of reducing her stroke count in the second round is teammate Samantha Postillion, who signed off on a 77 (+5) after all was said and done for the second day's contest. Postillion's 77 marks a whole eight strokes less than she committed in the first round and was ample enough to boost her up 18 places to where she now sits in a tie for 69th at the 162 stroke mark. Senior Crystal Smith stayed on a similar path as the first round, as she carding an 89 (+17). TeammatesPimploy Thirati and Jacqueline Calamaro shot an 83 (+11) and an 89 (+17) in the second round, respectively.
Leading the field of individuals is Augusta State's very own Natalie Wille (142), who formerly held second place before shooting a 70 (-2) in today's round. Jenny Hahn (143) and Lauren Stratton (144) of Vanderbilt claim second and third place, respectively, as both golfers remain in the top three overall after two days of action. Notre Dame's Ashley Armstrong (145), formerly in 21st, rapidly ascended the rankings in the second round to move into a two-way tie for fourth with Purdue's Kishi Sinha (145). Another Boilermaker, Laura Gonzalez (147), holds sole ownership of sixth place, but she is closely trailed by a nine-way tie for seventh at the 148 total stroke mark.
The Orange and Blue will pick up action tomorrow, March 17, in the third round of the Lady Jaguar Collegiate when all teams tee of in a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. Look for a recap tomorrow at evening atfightingillini.com or follow the action live at http://www.golfstatresults.