Redshirt freshman Jacqueline Calamaro will compete in the team lineup for the first time as an Illini.
Oct. 29, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's golf team will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., on Oct. 31- Nov. 1 for the Fighting Camel Fall Classic, the final tournament of the fall for the Illini. The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,012-yard Keith Hills Country Club. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 holes Tuesday with a start at 7:45 a.m. CT on Monday.
Campbell University will host the 12-team field, which also includes Delaware, Eastern Kentucky, Georgetown, North Dakota State, Old Dominion, Richmond, Robert Morris, St. Francis, Towson, and Wichita State. North Carolina State also will send individuals to the competition.
"We've come up with some three-hole challenges, just really focusing in on those three-hole spurts and just finishing strong," head coach Renee Slone said. "We split the team in half and we've had some competitions between the two teams, which has been a lot of fun. We have created even more focus and more motivation in practice, which is especially helpful given that it is going to be the end of our fall season. It's keeping everyone engaged and highly motivated heading into our last event."
Competing in the tournament will be seniors Samantha Sloan, Hailey Koschmann, and Katelin Dilger, sophomore Ember Schuldt, and redshirt freshman Jacqueline Calamaro. Those three seniors and Schuldt have competed at each of the other four tournaments this fall while Calamaro will make her Illini debut in the team lineup after tying for 15th as an individual at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. The Orange and Blue will play this tournament and course for the first time.
"In regards to this particular golf course, it seems that positioning off the tee is going to be an important element to success, so we've also been working on that," Slone said. "Obviously we won't know exactly to expect until we get down there to see the course, but it will be on the shorter side out of the courses we've played so far this fall."
Two weeks ago, Illinois competed in the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Carmel, Ind., where they placed third out of 13 teams. Senior Hailey Koschmann led the Illini individually, finishing in a tie for sixth overall. It was the third straight week the Illini competed at a tournament in October before having last week off from tournament action.
"The three weeks in a row gets to be pretty hectic and there isn't much turn-around time," Slone said. "Now that we've had a weekend off in between, it gives everybody a chance to kind of catch their breath. They have time to focus on different aspects of their game that need attention."
For coverage of the Illinois women's golf team at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic, visit fightingillini.com for a full recap at the end of each day's action. Fans can also follow the action live by going to golfstat.com.