Women's Golf
Illini Women's Golf Summer Recap

The Illini women's golf team completed a successful summer as they now welcome two freshmen to the fold.
The Illini women's golf team completed a successful summer as they now welcome two freshmen to the fold.

Aug 13, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The llinois Women's golf team had a busy summer competing in various tournaments around the United States. Sam Postillion, Michelle Mayer, Ember Schuldt and Erin Ahern highlighted the 2013 summer action.  

Mayer, Schuldt and Postillion all qualified for the Illinois Women's State Amateur Championship. Postillion advanced to the quarterfinals while Schuldt played herself all the way into the semifinals.

At the Women's Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship, Postillion qualified for the championship flight before dropping her first round match.  She also finished t-21 at the Women's Trans National Amateur Championship. Postillion then continued her West Coast trip by finishing ninth and earning low amateur honors in the Northwest Women's Open.  At the Illinois Women's Open, she opened with rounds of 71 to take the lead heading into the final round.  She closed with a 74 to finish fifth and earn her second top five finish in that event.

Both Schuldt and Erin Ahern earned a spot in the US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship as Schuldt qualified for match play and advanced to the round of 16 before dropping a tight match on the 19th hole. Schuldt also qualified for the US Women's Amateur Championship held at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, regarded as one of the world's most competitive tournaments for women's amateur players.  Schuldt fired rounds of 73 and 72, finishing tied for 22nd out of 156 in stroke play and was one of just 64 players from around the globe to advance to match play. 

On the academic side, Mayer, Jackie Calamaro and Crystal Smith earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.  To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must have sophomore standing or higher and earn at least a 3.0 GPA as well as a varsity letter.  Both Mayer and Schuldt were recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.  This honor is bestowed upon student-athletes having a minimum 3.7 GPA in the previous academic year, a varsity letter and is in at least their second academic year.  Mayer and Postillion were named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team, where student-athletes must earn a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA.

This fall, the Illini will welcome Emily Joers and Stephanie Miller to the team. Waukesha, Wis. native Emily Joers was a four-time First-Team All-State selection and a two-time Wisconsin co-player of the year. In addition, Joers was a PGA Junior Series Champion and accomplished five AJGA top-ten finishes. 

Furthermore, Stephanie Miller was a two-time Illinois State Champion while achieving All-State honors for all four years in high school. The Wauconda, Ill. native was also a three-time Illinois Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, a two-time Junior PGA and Junior World qualifier and earned three AJGA top-ten finishes. 

The Illini women's golf team will get off to a quick start this fall, competing in five tournaments in the months of September and October. On September 9th, the Illini travel to Fort Collins, Colorado to participate in the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, then travel the next weekend to Minneapolis, Minneosta to compete in the Minnesota Invitational. The team kicks off October play on the 12th in Iowa City, Iowa at the Diane Thomason Invitational followed by the Hoosier Fall Invitational the next weekend in Greenwood, Indiana. They then wrap up fall competition at the Palmetto Intercollegiate on the 27th at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.