Illini Finish Third in Ptarmigan Classic
Sept. 10, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Illinois Women's Golf team finished third out of a 17 team field at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, the team's first tournament of the season. Redshirt-junior Sam Postillion led the Illini over the weekend, shooting a team best even par and finishing tied for fifth individually.
"Sam played steady and very solid," said Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "She really got her putter going and rolled in some birdies and minimized her mistakes."
The third place showing is the best tournament finish for the Illini since last September's Wolverine Invitational when they finished tied for third out of a field of 14. As a team, the Illini shot a +22 at the two day, three round tournament, an emphatic statement from their 16th place performance from the same tournament a season ago.
"Thought it was a great start to the season," continued Slone. "Happy to be able to post a sub-300 opening round to start the tournament. Had two hiccups in the second round and didn't finish that well as a team, but very proud of everyone in the final round. They played hard the entire way. They played solid and smart golf and were committed to what they were doing. Just a really great confidence booster for the team."
Senior Ember Schuldt had the second best team score for the Illini, shooting a +3 on the weekend, including a third round of -3, tying the lowest round shot by an Illini golfer for the tournament. Schuldt finished tied for 10th individually and led the team with 12 birdies over the two day event.
The Illinois freshman duo of Stephanie Miller and Emily Joers performed well in their first tournament, shooting +6 and +13 respectively. Miller recorded a third round -3, her first collegiate round of under par golf.
"Extremely proud of both the freshmen in their first collegiate tournaments," state Slone. "It was a whole new experience in all aspects and they handled it really well. Both of them had their struggles during the tournament but both bounced back and that's the thing I'm most proud of. They did not let mistakes affect their confidence level."
California ended up walking away as the victor, shooting a +9 over the three rounds, while Colorado (+18) took second place. Behind the Illini were UNLV and New Mexico, shooting +24 and +27 as a team respectively to earn fourth and fifth place.
The Illini have a week to regroup before traveling to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Minnesota Invitational, taking place September 16th and 17th.