Miller/Schuldt Wrap Day One at Regionals
May 8, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - Thursday morning marked the start of NCAA Regionals across the world of Division I women's golf, as Stephanie Miller and Ember Schuldt represented the Illini in Stillwater, Okla. at the Karsten Creek golf course. Miller shot a +3 (75) in her postseason debut as Schuldt finished her day with a first round +7 (79).
"Steph got off to a great start today," said Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "She just played some good solid golf. She put herself in the right positions and capitalized on her opportunities with some birdies."
Overall, Miller's 75 lands the freshman in a tie for 25th place, ten strokes off the leader. Miller also tied Purdue's Aurora Kan and Texas Tech's Kimmy Hill for the lowest score amongst those individuals not competing on a team. In addition, Schuldt follows closely behind at just four strokes back with a +7 in a tie for 78th.
Miller got off to a great start this morning, recording an even-par on the back nine. The Elgin, Ill., native then dropped her score to two-under-par after the first five holes on the front nine. However, the final three holes got the best of the freshman, as Miller's round was spoiled with a triple bogey, bogey, bogey.
"Unfortunately she had a bad swing on the 16th hole that led to a challenging bunker shot," stated Slone. "The mistakes then compounded from there as she didn't putt too well on the final two holes. Overall, her ball striking was great today though. She just needs to focus on letting go of her mistakes and focusing on what's in front of her."
Schuldt hit a rough stretch on holes 13-16, posting four straight bogeys. However, the senior settled in and scored a one-under-par over the course of the next five holes. Schuldt would then finish with a front nine score of +2.
"Ember just didn't have the putter going today," continued Slone. "She gave herself some good opportunities early on but had a lot of lip-outs and just never felt comfortable then on the green. As the day progressed, she steadied the ship a little bit and finished better on that second nine.
Schuldt and Miller will tee off together again tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. CT, starting on hole number one. Be sure to follow all the action live on golfstat.com