Illini Conclude Competition at Lady Buckeye
April 21, 2013
Columbus, Ohio -The Illinois women's golf team concluded play at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational on Sunday with a tournament total of 956 (+92). The Illini's team score of 956 was enough to keep them in 11th place through the third and final round of the event. The Lady Buckeye Invite, hosted by the Ohio State Buckeyes, was played out on the par-72, 6,268-yard OSU Scarlet Golf Course with a field of 12 teams, which included of 9 Big Ten members; all five of the top team finishers belonged to the Big Ten.
The Illini had the best showing in the first round of the tournament, hitting 315 (+27), 320 (+32), and 321 (+33) in the three rounds, respectively. Following the first round of action, Illinois occupied ninth place with a two-stroke advantage on both Wisconsin and Iowa. However, the Illini lost ground in the second round, falling to 11th place, where they sat just four strokes behind Iowa. The Orange and Blue tied Iowa at the 321-stroke mark on Saturday, remaining in 11th and defeating 12th-place Youngstown State by 67 strokes.
The Spartans of Michigan State (904) reigned victorious, finishing up the invite with sole possession of first place, defeating the 14th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (911) by seven strokes. Prior to the third round of competition, Michigan State trailed Purdue by one stroke, but in the final round, the Spartans carded nine birdies and managed to pull through to become the victors of the 2013 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Finishing up in third place were the Northwestern Wildcats (917), followed by host school Ohio State, who wrapped up tournament play at the 919-stroke mark. Indiana (935) rounded out the top five in the Big Ten-dominated tournament.
Illinois's Samantha Postillion and teammate Ember Schuldt led the way for the Illini and both concluded tournament play in a tie for 26th place at the 236-stroke (+20) mark. Michelle Mayer (243) was on pace to finish with her teammates Postillion and Schuldt, but a shaky third round caused a 46th-place overall finish. Just behind Mayer in the tournament ranks was Illinois' Pimploy Thirati (247), finishing 52nd, and Jacqueline Calamaro (250) and Kaitlyn Wampler (250) followed by a narrow margin of three strokes, placing 56th.
Finishing up the tournament in first place individually was Purdue's Laura Gonzalez (221), who was successful in maintaining a first place lead through the whole third round of action. Ohio State Buckeye Amy Meier (224) wrapped up the event in second place after she made an impressive boost out of fifth, where she sat prior to the third round of competition. Jennifer Ha (225) of Kent State and Liz Nagel (225) of Michigan State closed out the contest in a two-way tie for third place, followed by Purdue's Aurora Kan and Paula Reto in fifth at the 227-stroke mark.
With the conclusion of the regular season, the Orange and Blue head to the Big Ten Championship next weekend, held on April 26-28 in French Lick, Ind.