Sophomore Ember Schuldt fired a final round 73 and led the Illini at the NCAA West Regional after tying for 35th overall.
May 12, 2012
ERIE, Colo. - Following a final round 302 on Saturday, the Illinois women's golf team wrapped up the 2012 season by tying for 14th at the NCAA West Regional with a 54-hole total of 900 (+36). The Illini, who competed at regionals for the second year in a row and fourth time in school history, tied with TCU and Iowa State in the 24-team field at the par-72, 6,575-yard Colorado National Golf Club.
"We needed to come out firing on all cylinders, but we weren't able to do that and came up short of making it to nationals," head coach Renee Slone said. "We got off to a solid start at the regional and were in a good position after the second round. It was certainly well within reach today, but we needed a solid round of golf. There were some really good rounds posted today, and we just didn't keep pace."
Sophomore Ember Schuldt led the Illini overall, tying for 35th at 223 (+7) after a final round 73. Seniors Katelin Dilger and Samantha Sloan tied for 49th with a 54-hole total of 226 (+10). Sloan notched a final round 77, while Dilger carded a 78 on Saturday. Seniors Nora Lucas and Hailey Koschmann tied for 72nd at 229 (+13), as Lucas shot a 77 and Koschmann added a 75 during the final round.
"Making it to our second regional in a row is a sign of the direction our program is headed," Slone said. "There were definitely a lot of good things the team accomplished this season. We had our highest finish at Big Tens in 10 years and school record-setting performances, which are just signs of bigger and better things to come. We have made significant strides in the last four years with this class and look forward to what lies ahead."
UCLA and LSU tied for first at the regional at 873 (+9) to lead the eight NCAA Championship qualifying teams, who will compete at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., on May 22-25. Pepperdine (875) and Colorado (877) were third and fourth, respectively, followed by Baylor and Stanford tied for fifth at 879 (+15). North Carolina (880) and Oklahoma (890) nabbed the final two national bids. Individually, UNC's Catherin O'Donnell earned medalist honors with a tournament total of 209 (-7).
NCAA West Regional Final Results
T-14th of 24 ILLINOIS 296-302-302 = 900 (+36)
T-35th Ember Schuldt 73-77-73 = 223 (+7)
T-49th Katelin Dilger 74-74-78 = 226 (+10)
T-49th Samantha Sloan 73-76-77 = 226 (+10)
T-72nd Nora Lucas 76-76-77 = 229 (+13)
T-72nd Hailey Koschmann 78-76-75 = 229 (+13)