Senior Hailey Koschmann led the Illini at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in fourth place individually.
Sept. 13, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Following a final round 296 on Tuesday, the Illinois women's golf team shattered the 54-hole school record by 15 strokes with a team total of 875 (+11) and tied for second with Colorado at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The Illini finished just two strokes behind team champion UC Davis (873) in the 19-team field. The previous best score in program history came in 2006 at the Shootout at the Legends (890).
"Our program has really turned a corner and this is just the start of some very positive and very big things for us," head coach Renee Slone said. "I think this is just the first stepping stone in a season full of new records and new firsts."
Four Illini golfers finished in the top 20, led by senior Hailey Koschmann (217), who placed fourth after shooting a 75 in the third round for a one-over par total score. One stroke behind Koschmann was sophomore Ember Schuldt (218), who had a final round 76 to finish at two-over par in a tie for fifth place. The Sterling, Ill., native earned a career-best finish with a career-low score by three strokes and led the field in par-5 scoring at four-under.
Senior Samantha Sloan (220) totaled a four-over par and tied for 13th after posting a one-under par 71 in the final round, while senior Nora Lucas (221) ended the day with a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 15th at five-over par. Fellow senior Katelin Dilger (228) tied for 44th after shooting a final round 78.
"It would have been wonderful to walk away with the victory, but the great thing is we put ourselves into that position going into the final round where we were vying for the championship," Slone said. "We didn't quite get it done, but we really finished the round strong today."
Demi Runas of UC Davis took first place with a five-under par 211, while Baylor's Hayley Davis finished three strokes behind with a two-under par 214.In the team standings, Texas Tech (880) placed fourth followed by California (881) in fifth.
The Illini opened the season with a strong start at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic for the second year in a row. Last season, the squad fired the then-second lowest mark (891) in school history at the par-72, 6,302-yard Ptarmigan Country Club.
"It was definitely a positive start to the season," Slone said. "It really is a great start to the season and certainly something for us to build upon these next couple of weeks as we prepare for our next event in Kentucky. I think there are a lot of bright things ahead."
Illinois will be back in action on Sept. 30- Oct. 2 in Lexington, Ky., for the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational.