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    Junior Stephanie Mory fired a UI tournament low of 76 during third round action

    Junior Stephanie Mory fired a UI tournament low of 76 during third round action

    Feb. 26, 2007

    DESTIN, Fla.- The Orange and Blue women's golf team finished its first spring tournament in sixth in place after Monday's final round at the ten team Chrysler Challenge hosted by Florida State University at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The Illini scored 326 in round one, 320 during second-round play, and carded a team total of 316 during play today, giving the Illini a 54-hole total of 962.

    Head Coach Renee Slone was pleased with the outcome of the Illini's first tournament, despite adverse conditions during play Saturday and Sunday.

    "The first day we were teeing off in 25-30 mph winds," Slone said. "With challenging conditions, I was happy that each day the girls played just a little bit better than the last."

    Junior Stephanie Mory remained the front-runner for the Orange and Blue during tournament action, shooting a 78 during both the first and second rounds. In the third round, Mory fired a UI tournament-low round of 76, giving her a 54-hole total of 232. Mory ended action tied for 10th place with Florida State's Kayla Shaul.

    "Stephanie played very well this weekend, particularly today," Slone said. "She was one-under through 13 holes."

    Junior Casey Burden ended action in 29th (81-80-79=161) and junior Seul Ki Park fired a 78 on Monday to give her a 54-hole total of 244, tying with Kentucky's Beth Felts for 35th. Junior Kristine Cook ended play tied for 49th with a total of 253 (83-80-90) and sophomore Nancy Featherstone remained in 56th, carding a total of 270 (88-99-83) to round out the Illini scoring.

    Host Florida State remained the leader throughout the weekend, taking home the tournament title today with a total of 895 (303-298-294). Following the Seminoles was North Carolina (919) in second place and the College of Charleston in third (937). Florida State's Caroline Westrup (74-73-68= 215) took home first place individual honors.

    Slone was optimistic about the start of the season and now knows what the team will have to work on in the weeks to come.

    "This was a really good tune-up," Slone said. "Now we know what we have to work on this week. Each day the scores got better, and now we know the direction we want to go in."

    The Illini can be caught in action in two weeks at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational beginning March 9th, 2007 hosted by Western Michigan University.

    2007 Chrysler Challenge Team Totals

    1	Florida State		303-298-294= 895 +43
    2	North Carolina 		314-307-298= 919 +67
    3	Coll. of Charleston	323-305-309= 937 +85
    4	Mississippi 		321-315-305= 941 +89
    5	Mississippi St. 	330-315-308= 953 +101
    6	Illinois 		326-320-316= 962 +110 
    7	Kansas 			323-328-316= 967 +115
    8	Kentucky 		332-326-313= 971 +119
    9	Miami 			332-323-317= 972 +120
    10      East Tennessee State    335-322-320= 977 +125

    Individual Totals

    10	Stephanie Mory	        78-78-76= 232
    29	Casey Burden		81-80-79= 240
    T35	Seul Ki Park		84-82-78= 244
    T49	Kristine Cook		83-80-90= 253
    56	Nancy Featherstone	88-99-83= 270

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