Kaitlyn Wampler has paced the Illini in the first two tournaments of the season
Oct. 1, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's golf team will travel north to compete in the Windy City Collegiate Classic, hosted by the University of Northwestern on Oct. 5-6. The Illini will travel to Glenview, Ill., for the 54-hole tournament at the par-72, 6,539-yard Glen Club Course. The Glen Club Course is rated as a top 50 course according to Golf World Magazine. Teams will play 36 holes Monday in a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT and 18 holes Tuesday in a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT.
The 15-team field consists of No. 14 Purdue, No. 16 Arizona, No. 17 New Mexico, East Carolina, Iowa State, Michigan, host Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Tulane, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, and UNLV. Eleven of the fifteen teams will be making a return to the Windy City Collegiate Classic after participating in the tournament last year.
"It's a strong field," said head coach Renee Slone. "It's always fun to compete against teams we don't see that often and compete against throughout the season. It always helps when you play with good competition. It helps you play better as well."
The Illini previously played at the Windy City Collegiate Classic last season where they finished in 9th place. Sophomore Hailey Koschmann shot a second round 72 and finished in a tie for 18th place.
Illinois is coming off a tenth place finish at the Lady Northern Invitational. Sophomore Kaitlyn Wampler led the Illini with a three-round total of 227, placing her in a tie for 23rd.
"She has played very consistently," Slone said of Wampler. "Her short game and chipping has been exceptional. For her first two tournaments she is averaging 78 percent on up and down, which is phenomenal. That is tremendous. She's playing well, we're always striving to improve and pinpointing those areas that can be improved upon."
"The team is definitely seeing the possibilities and excited about the progress that they're making," Slone commented. "They are realizing that the hard work they are putting forth is paying off. Each round, each tournament we're progressing, learning more, doing some things very well and just continuing working hard."
For coverage of the Illinois women's golf team at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, visit fightingillini.com for a full recap at the end of each day's action. Fans can also follow the action