Stephanie Miller is the first Illinois freshman to gain Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors since Samantha Sloan in 2009.
Oct. 16, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – After becoming the first University of Illinois freshman since 1992 to win a tournament outright, Stephanie Miller was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week and Golfweek's college player of the week. The Elgin, Ill. native shot a -3 this past weekend to win the Diane Thomason Invitational at the Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.
Miller becomes Illinois' first Big Ten Golfer of the week since Katelin Dilger won the honors March 16, 2012. The last freshman to take home the conference weekly honors was Samantha Sloan on February 25, 2009.
"We are thrilled to see Stephanie recognized by the Big Ten for her outstanding play last weekend at Finkbine Golf Course," said Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "It has been an exciting start to her career as an Illini."
Miller's 213 (-3) ranked as the sixth lowest score in Illinois history for a 54-hole tournament. The freshman won the tournament by an impressive 10 strokes to take home her first collegiate tournament crown. Miller's play also guided the Illini to their first team tournament win of the year as well.
Through her first three tournaments of the season, Miller has been one of the Illini's most consistent golfers, leading the team in stroke average at 73 strokes per round. She has shot three rounds under par including two low rounds of 69.
Miller and the No. 22 Illinois squad will travel to the Hoosier Fall Invitational at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind. for a three round tournament Oct. 19-20.