Illini Return to Action at Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate
March 12, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Fighting Illini women’s golf team will travel to Augusta, Ga. this Friday, March 14, to compete in the seventh-annual Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate tournament. Augusta State University will host the tournament at the par 72 6,214-yard Forest Hills Golf Club where the competition will be played out over a three-day period. The event will feature a field of 13 other teams, all of which are scheduled to play a full round during each of the three days of competition (54 holes total). Tee times for Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT followed by a shotgun start on Sunday, which will begin at 8 a.m. CT.
This year’s Insperity Lady Jaguar tournament presents a prominent pool of teams with four of the 13 teams bearing a top-50 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings as of March 10, 2014. The two top-ranked teams coming into the tournament include 11th-ranked Vanderbilt and 37th-ranked Augusta State with Kansas and Illinois not far behind sitting ranked at 42nd and 47th, respectively.
2013 champion Purdue returns in hopes of a repeat from last year in which the Boilermakers took the crown with a 876 (+12). Filling out the rest of the field of competition is Mercer, East Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Campbell, Chattanooga, Troy, Coastal Carolina, and Boston College.
"The past couple of weeks we have been working on our aggressiveness," said Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "We've incorporated some drills and competitions that really highlight being aggressive and it certainly has been helping. It's just a matter of carrying that mindset from practice into competition."
Representing the Orange and Blue will be the same line-up that took the field a few weeks ago at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Tournament-regulars freshmen Stephanie Miller and Emily Joers, junior Erin Ahern, redshirt junior Samantha Postillion, and senior Ember Schuldt will all suit up for the Illini.
Miller, Schuldt and Ahern are coming off of strong performances in their last tournaments. Miller did not shoot one round over par at the Westbrook Invitational, tying the sixth lowest 54-hole tournament total in Illinois history. Schuldt scored a career low +2 while Ahern shot a personal best 224 and career best low round of 74.
"The greens at this golf course (Forest Hills) have a lot of break to them," added Slone. "We've been working on that at Demirjian and focusing on the holes that provide us with the most severe breaks. Also working on our shorter putts, the three-to-ten footers."