Samantha Postillion posted a final round of 75 to move up seven places.
Sept. 18, 2012
Tuesday bore witness to the third and final round of the Dale McNamera Invitational, the second tournament of the year for the Illinois women's golf team. The closing of the 15-team tournament, hosted by the University of Tulsa, signified the end of stop two on a three-event stretch for the Illini.
For the second consecutive tournament, redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion set the bar high for the Illini. With a strong finish in her final round, which included two birdies on the front nine, Sam posted a +10 (226) in 54 holes and tied for 30th in a 75-player field. One of her two birdies in the final round came on hole nine where only 11 total birdies were posted throughout the duration of the tournament among all golfers.
When asked about Sam's performance thus far, head coach Renee Slone responded, "Sam has played some consistent golf. In this tournament she had some big numbers, but she also made a lot of birdies. She definitely hit a lot of good shots and rolled in some putts."
Illinois finished 14th with a team score of +73 (937) among a pool of several notable teams in the sport of women's college golf. Fourth-ranked Arizona State finished the tournament at +2 (866), three strokes ahead of ninth-ranked Florida (+5, 869). No. 21 Oklahoma State (+11), East Carolina (+17) and Coastal Carolina (+22) comprised the rest of the top five finishing teams.
Illinois Junior Ember Schuldt closed out the tournament as the number two Illinois golfer at +18 (234, T-55) after being hot on the trail of her teammate following the second round. The rest of the Illinois unit included sophomore Pimploy Thirati (+23), redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Calamaro (+26), and sophomore Michelle Mayer (+28).
Isablle Lendl of Florida was the individual medalist, finishing the 54 holes at -6, three shots ahead of second-place Dani Ordonez of Arizona State (-3.) The top finishers also included a pair of OSU Cowgirls, Jayde Panos and Kelsey Vines (-2, T-3).
The Illini will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 22 for their third and final stop in a two-week stretch. Head coach Slone is hopeful the Illini can make a quick turnaround and head into the Wolverine Invitational with a positive mental outlook to consistently hit solid shots.