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    Illini Tied for Fifth After NCAA West Regional First Round
    Senior Samantha Sloan led the Illini on day one of the NCAA West Regional along with sophomore Ember Schuldt.

    Senior Samantha Sloan led the Illini on day one of the NCAA West Regional along with sophomore Ember Schuldt.

    May 10, 2012

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    ERIE, Colo. - The Illinois women's golf team finished round one of the NCAA West Regional Championships in a tie for fifth place with California after shooting a 296 (+8). Stanford (287) leads the 24-team field, followed by North Carolina (288), UCLA (290), and LSU (291).

    "We had some really solid golf played out there today," head coach Renee Slone said. "Sammi had 17 pars and one bogey. We've always talked about how boring golf is good golf and she certainly mastered that today. Just steady as can be, solid, nothing spectacular but found a way to get the ball in the hole."

    Individually, sophomore Ember Schuldt and senior Samantha Sloan led the Illini, ending day one in a tie for 18th place after carding a 73 (+1). Senior Katelin Dilger finished one stroke behind her teammates with a 74 (+2) and is tied for 32nd place. Senior Nora Lucas posted a round one 76 (+4) and is tied for 54th place. Senior Hailey Koschmann is tied for 82nd place after shooting a 78 (+6).

    "Ember and Katie had good rounds as well," Slone said. "Ember ended with birdie, which is always positive. Nora got off to a rocky start but really turned things around on back nine and played extremely well."

    Stanford's Sydney Burlison (67) is in first place, followed by Baylor's Hayley Davis (69) and North Carolina's Catherine O'Donnell (70).

    The second round of the NCAA West Regional Championships begins at 9:25 a.m. CT Friday. Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com while a recap of the second round can be found on fightingillini.com.

    NCAA West Regional Results after 18 Holes

    T-5th of 24 ILLINOIS 296 (+8)
    T-18th Ember Schuldt 73 (+1)
    T-18th Samantha Sloan 73 (+1)
    T-32nd Katelin Dilger 74 (+2)
    T-54th Nora Lucas 76 (+4)
    T-82nd Hailey Koschmann 78 (+6)

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