Illini Wrap Up Marsh Landing Invite in 16th
April 9, 2013
Ponte Vedra, Fla. - The Fighting Illini women's golf team wrapped up play in the third round of the Web.com Marsh Landing Invitational on Tuesday in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Prior to today's action, Illinois was in 17th place out of the 20-team field - the largest field the Illini have seen in a tournament this year. However, after today's round where the Illini shot a 303 (+15), they were able to boost themselves up one spot in the rankings to close out the event in 16th place overall. More impressively, the Illini closed out the contest with a team tournament total of 912, which marks the lowest team total the Illini have collectively carded in the 2012-13 season.
After leading the Illini through the first day of action, junior Ember Schuldt began the third round in a tie for fourth place among all individuals. Nevertheless in the final round Schuldt carded a 77 (+5) to land her in a three-way tie for 19th individually. Joining Schuldt in the top-20 and leading the Orange and Blue is teammate Samantha Postillion, who shot a 73 (+1) and ended up in an eight-way tie for 11th place. Postillion finished up the event with a tournament total of 219 - the lowest individual tournament total to be carded by an Illini thus far in the 2012-13 season. Senior Crystal Smith was able to drop five strokes off of her second round total to post a 75 (+3) in the third round while teammate Michelle Mayer shaved off a full eight strokes in the third round to card a 78 (+6).
No. 11 Purdue (857) won the Web.com Marsh Landing Invitational outright after leading the tournament through both days of competition. Moreover, the top-three teams remained the same for the duration of the tournament as the Cyclones of Iowa State finished up the event in second with a total of 865 - defeating Texas Tech (869) by a mere four strokes. The Seminoles of Florida State (886) and UCF (887) round out the top-five teams for the tournament.
Texas Tech's Gabriella Dominguez just scraped by with a 73 in the third round to close out the event in a two-way tie for first with Boilermaker Paula Reto at the 212 stroke count. Trailing by one stroke and finishing up in a tie for third place are Purdue's Laura Gonzalez and Iowa State's P. Phuntumabamrung. Boilermaker Aurora Kan comprises the remainder of the top-five individuals with a 215 tournament total after she shot her lowest round of the tournament (69).
The Orange and Blue will return to competition on April 20 and 21 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Lady Buckeye Spring Invite.