Illini Remain Competitive in BIG Championships
April 26, 2013
French Lick, Ind. - The Illinois women's golf team wrapped up the first round of competition at the Big Ten Championships on Friday evening with a team score of 311 (+23). Although the Illini didn't record their best round score of the season, the team did shoot well enough to land themselves in ninth place among the Big Ten field of teams. Moreover, the Orange and Blue shot adequately enough in the first round to gain a one and two stroke advantage on Minnesota (312) and Iowa (313), respectively. The Big Ten Women's Championships are currently transpiring at the par-72, 6,121 yard Donald Ross Course at French Lick, Ind.
Overall the Illini played a solid first round, collectively posting four birdies - three of which came from sophomore Michelle Mayer. Teeing off from the tenth hole, the Illini fared better on the back nine holes where the team collectively posted four less bogeys than they recorded on the back nine holes at the Donald Ross Course. Following the first round of action the Orange and Blue are trailing Michigan by five strokes and Indiana by a mere one stroke.
Through the first round of the event 29th-ranked Northwestern (287) leads the field of all Big Ten teams with a six stroke advantage on the 25th-ranked Boilermakers of Purdue (293). 49th-ranked Penn State (296) is occupying third place - five strokes ahead of No. 36 Ohio State (301) and seven strokes ahead of the No. 24 Spartans of Michigan State (303).
Redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion and teammate Ember Schuldt stayed in sync as they both carded individual scores of 77 (+5) in the first round of competition and currently sit in a tie for 29th place individually. Sophomore Michelle Mayer is hot on the heels of her teammates with a first round score of 78 (+3), a sufficient score to place her in a tie for 34th place overall. Just behind Michelle Mayer is the Illini's Pimploy Thirati (79; +7), who currently occupies 40th place in the pool of individuals. Illinois's Jacqueline Calamaro (82) and Kaitlyn Wampler (87) round out the traveling lineup for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships.
In addition to leading the field of teams overall, the Northwestern Wildcats also claim two of the top three places in the pool of individuals with Hanna Lee (68) currently residing in first place. Northwestern's Kaitlyn Park is tied up with Purdue's Paula Reto in second place at the 71-stroke mark. Penn State's Katlyn Elliott (71) has sole ownership of fourth place, where she claims a one stroke advantage on her teammate Ellen Ceresko (73) and Purdue's Kishi Sinha (73), who are both sitting in a tie for fifth after the first round of competition.
The Orange and Blue will recommence action at the Big Ten Championships tomorrow morning when the team tees off at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. For further news about the Big Ten Championships, visit http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/w-golf/ill-w-golf-body.html for a full recap following the second round of action. Fans can also visit http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4241 to follow the contest in a hole-by-hole fashion.