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    Future Illini Sloan Qualifies for Futures Tour Event
    Samantha Sloan will join the Illini golf team this fall.

    Samantha Sloan will join the Illini golf team this fall.

    May 30, 2008

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois freshman-to-be Samantha Sloan earned a spot in the Horseshoe Casino Classic on Wednesday (May 28) by winning the qualifying tournament at Lost Marsh Golf Club in Hammond, Indiana. The Horseshoe Casino Classic is a Duramed FUTURES Tour event that takes place June 27-29 at the 6,100-yard Lost Marsh G.C.

    Sloan shot an 83 in challenging conditions to get the victory in the one-round event. She will tee it up as an amateur in the professional event next month.

    In November, Sloan signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Fighting Illini and Coach Renee Slone, and will arrive on campus in August. A native of Lansing, Ill., Slone is a six-time Illinois Junior Golf Association Player of the Year and is a two-time All-State honoree, including a fifth place finish at the 2007 IHSA State Championships.

    The Duramed FUTURES Tour is known as "the Road to the LPGA and Beyond," and since 1999, it has been designated as the official developmental tour of the LPGA. More than 300 Duramed FUTURES Tour alumnae are LPGA members, and through 2007, alums have won a total of 330 LPGA victories and 35 major championships.

    More information on the Duramed FUTURES Tour can be found HERE, while information on the Horseshoe Casino Classic is available at HERE.

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