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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Illinois Women's Golf finished in a tie for second at the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. The Fighting Illini recorded a 278-285-292 for a final score of 855 (+3). The second place tie marks the best finish for Illinois since winning the 2014 Diane Thomason Invitational.
"The first round was terrific," Head coach Renee Slone said. "The second round was solid, but we were not as sharp today."
After the Illini led all 15 teams in the first two rounds of the tournament, No. 7 Florida won the event with a two-under-par showing. Kent State, last year's champion, tied Illinois for second. In fourth place was BYU with a score of 12-over par, Maryland tied with host and No. 23 Tennessee at +13 to round out the top five. Following Maryland and Tennessee were SMU (+17) in seventh, No. 28 North Carolina (+20) in eighth, Chattanooga in ninth (+22) and Ole Miss and No. 13 Wake Forest in a tie for 10th (+27). Completing the tournament field were Middle Tennessee (+47), UTSA (+50), Memphis (+52) and Virginia Tech (+62).
In the final round of play at the Cherokee Country Club (Par 71, 5897 yards), sophomore Bing Singhsumalee climbed two spots on the leaderboard to tie for eighth with a final scorecard reading of 67-76-71 (+1). Her -4 in the first round ties the seventh-lowest single round score in program history, the and is the third time Singhsumalee's name has appeared on that list.
Tristyn Nowlin finished tied for 16th after recording a three-over par score following rounds of 67-76-73. The freshman, playing in her first collegiate tournament, equaled Singhsumalee's seventh-lowest single round score in program history with her 67 (-4) first round. Fellow rookie Swing Liu recorded rounds of 78-68-73 (+6), tying for 29th and carding eight birdies in the process.
"It was a very strong debut for the freshmen," Slone said. "It was a brand next experience for them, and they responded extremely well. There will be more great things to come from them."
Stephanie Miller led the Illini in the second round of play, finished with a +6 score, and tied for 29th along with Liu. The senior turned in a first round score of 71, a round two score of 67, and a score of 81 in the final round. Miller recorded 10 birdies, tying for the team lead with Singhsumalee in the category.
Junior Chayanid Prapassarangkul tied for 38th with a 221 (+9) showing. Prapassarangkul carded rounds of 73-74-75, recording eight birdies during the tournament. Overall, the Illini led all teams with 45 birdies.
"It was a strong start to the season," Slone said. "We put ourselves in contention. We weren't as sharp today, but we were still right on the thick of it. Next time around, we will be even more prepared and we will have a better result."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – With the end of summer comes the beginning of the fall golf season. Illinois women's golf head coach Renee Slone and assistant coach Jenny Coluccio are ready for the 2016-17 slate.
"Each year is different because every team is different," Slone said. "At the end of the fall we will track our progress and see where we are as we head into the spring."
Slone enters her 11th season at the helm, and Coluccio begins her fourth season as assistant coach. Seven players return from last year's squad, including All-Big Ten selection Bing Singhsumalee, and fellow Big Ten Preseason Honorees Stephanie Miller and Chayanid (Jan) Prapassarangkul.
"I'm looking for us to stick to our process," Slone said. "If we keep our focus on those things we can control, good things will happen."
The Fighting Illini will be joined by two new faces this year, freshmen Tristyn Nowlin and Swing Liu. Both rookies will make the trip to the team's first tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.
"It's very encouraging to have both freshmen in the mix and traveling to their first event," Slone said. "It's going to be very competitive, and it will be wonderful for the team and everyone involved."
The trip to Tennessee is slated for Sept. 12-13. Illinois will then head to Greenville, S.C., for the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 23-25. In October, Slone's squad will participate in the Greenville Regional Preview in Greenville, N.C. from Oct. 17-18. The fall schedule will wrap up in Simpsonville, Ky., at the Cardinal Cup, scheduled for Oct. 23-25.
"The key is maintaining the enthusiasm, this level of energy throughout the whole season," Slone said. "Maintaining this level of enthusiasm will be critical to our success.
"We want to build this season. We are going to continue to get better and build so we will peak at the right time."
BIG TEN PRESEASON HONOREES INCLUDE THREE FIGHTING ILLINI
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The women's golf preseason honorees were announced by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday, and three Fighting Illini were recognized: Stephanie Miller, Chayanid Prapassarangkul and Bing Singhsumalee.
Miller, a senior and native of Elgin, Illinois, is being recognized for the fourth time. She played in all 11 tournaments last season, and posted three top-25 finishes. Miller is also the first Illini to qualify for the NCAA Regionals as a freshman.
Prapassarangkul is on the list for the third time in three seasons. The junior from Bangkok, Thailand led the team with 402 holes at par last season, and posted the fourth-best season stroke average (74.91) in program history last year.
An All-Big Ten selection last year, Singhsumalee is making her first appearance on the list. The sophomore from Naperville, Illinois was also named to the All-Tournament team after the Big Ten Championship, following her fourth place finish at the event.
Illinois will begin the 2016-17 season on Sept. 12 in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate hosted by Tennessee.
INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois Women's Golf finished in a tie for fourth place at the 2016 Big Ten Championship for its best finish at the event since the 1994-95 campaign. With a scorecard reading of 285-293-284, the Fighting Illini registered their best score at the Championship in program history with a final reading of 862 (-2). Freshman Bing Singhsumalee brought home All-Championship Team honors with a share of fourth place on the individual board following a three-round tally of 211 (-5).
"The season has been filled with highs and lows and we've had our fair share of struggles from a lot of different angles, and this team just continued to push forward and persevere and believe," Illinois head coach Renee Slone said of her team. "This was a great weekend for us; I'm just so proud of how we played, especially today, posting a very strong score to move up the leaderboard."
For the fourth-consecutive season, the Big Ten Championship team award was shared between two teams. No. 7 Northwestern and No. 36 Ohio State each combined for 12-under par showings to claim title honors. No. 35 Purdue took third place at 5-below par. Thanks to a two-spot jump on the final day, Illinois notched a fourth place finish along side Wisconsin at 2-under par. No. 50 Michigan (+1) finished in sixth place while Indiana (+2), Penn State (+6), No. 39 Michigan State (+12) and Iowa (+12) each brought home top-10 finishes from the event. Minnesota (+14), Rutgers (+22), Nebraska (+26) and Maryland (+46) rounded out the field.
In her Big Ten Championship debut, Singhsumalee did not record a round above par (72-71-68), becoming the only Illini to do so in program history. The freshman climbed nine spots on the leaderboard across the final round, thanks to her 4-under 68 on the day. Singhsumalee picked up two birdies across the first four holes of the day before notching a third on the eighth hole for a quick 3-under par reading. Her lone bogey on the ninth hole sent the Naperville, Illinois, native to the back nine at 2-under. Birdies on the 11th and 15th hole put Singhsumalee at 4-under par to close the day and secure the best finish and tournament score of her career.
Singhsumalee's 5-under par showing tied the third-best individual 54-hole tournament score in program history. She shares the spot with none other than her coach, formerly Renee Heiken. Additionally, Singhsumalee's 68 earns a share of the seventh-best single round score in program history, marking the third time her name shows in the top 10.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul turned in an overall reading of 217 (+1) following rounds of 74-71-72. The Illini sophomore tallied just four holes on the day that were not par; two birdies and two bogeys. Last season, Prapassarangkul become the first Illini in program history to register two rounds at par or better at the Big Ten Championship. After this season's Championship, Prapassarangkul has now completed the feat twice and is joined by Singhsumalee (72-71-68) in the elite standing.
Sophomores Grace Park and Pailin Ruttanasupagid tied for 35th overall with showings of 221 (+5). In her second career Championship, Park notched rounds of 69-75-77. Ruttanasupagid turned in scores of 70-76-75 in her Big Ten Championship debut.
Stephanie Miller jumped 15 spots during the final round from The Fort Golf Course thanks to her 71 (-1) effort on the day. The sophomore finished with a collective score of 224 (+8) after rounds of 75-78-71 to earn a T-47th reading. Miller got off to a hot start on the day with a pair of birdies on the opening two holes. After a fifth-hole bogey, the Illini junior registered another birdie on the eighth hole to make the turn at 2-under par on the day. Miller finished the back nine at 1-over following a pair of birdies and three bogeys to finish at 1-under overall on the day.
Rounding out the Illini unit, Dana Gattone turned in a 226 (+10) final reading. Her third-round score of 73 propelled the sophomore eight spots up the leaderboard on the last day of action. Three bogeys to just one birdie on the front nine sent Gattone to the final nine holes at 2-over par, but the Addison, Illinois, native responded with a quick birdie on the 10th hole. A bogey on hole 12 put Gattone's reading back at 2-over but she recorded one last birdie on the 15th hole to finish at 1-under par on the back nine. Gattone finished tied for 54th place.
"The post season was on the line, and to come out and perform like we did shows a lot of heart, determination and pride," shared Slone. "We'll have to wait and see what tomorrow night brings."
Five Illinois golfers registered six rounds below par and two more sets of 18 holes at an even 72.
UI remained the only team to see two players record eagles at the event. Park and Ruttanasupagid tallied Illinois' second and third eagles of the season during the opening round of play from Indianapolis.
Illinois' final score of 862 (-2) at this season's Championship ranks as the second-best tournament score in Orange and Blue program history. UI's share of fourth place at the event marks four-consecutive top-five finishes for the unit.
"This is just the beginning," Slone stated. "Clearly we're hoping this wasn't the conclusion of our season with the way we've been playing. We are peaking at the right time. Even if we don't get selected tomorrow night, this is the start of something amazing for this program."
Coverage of the final round of the 2016 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships will be edited into a one-hour show and will air on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 1, at 10 a.m. CT. The show will be re-aired later that same day at 5:30 p.m. CT.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Illinois Women's Golf concluded its spring break trip with a pair of top-five team finishes after wrapping up play in third place at the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate on Tuesday, March 29, in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Orange and Blue put together rounds of 304-298-204 as a unit for the third-place ranking.
"We didn't necessarily have our best stuff with us the past couple of days," opened Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "There were a number of different highlights, but as far as putting all four rounds together, that didn't quite happen. Throughout the tournament, however, everybody stepped up and contributed to the team's success."
"That golf course certainly provided a great test for all of the competition's teams," Slone continued. "Today's setup was even a bit more challenging than yesterday as far as the hole locations go."
Freshman Bing Singhsumalee led the Fighting Illini with her second-straight top-15 finish as she turned in a 225 (+9) reading for a share of seventh place. The seventh-place finish tops the Naperville, Illinois, native's previous best finish of eighth place. Singhsumalee posted rounds of 77-75-73 across the two-day outing and her third round showing helped the freshman climb 10 spots on the individual board on the final day. She also tallied six birdies at the Kennesaw State-hosted competition.
Three Illini finished with a share of 15th place at 228 (+12) overall. Grace Park, Stephanie Miller and Chayanid Prapassarangkul each notched their best finish of the spring season with their efforts. Prapassarangkul finished with 38 holes at par, the second-most across the tournament's individual field, while Miller was just behind her teammate registering 37 pars.
Dana Gattone finished in a tie for 38th place, posting rounds of 80-73-81, respectively. The sophomore led the Orange and Blue with eight birdies at the Pinetree Country Club, the second-highest mark across the entire individual field.
As a team, Illinois led the field with 166 holes at par registered. The Illini also added 27 birdies at the event. Led by Miller's 2.92 average on par-three holes, the UI squad led the 12-team field with an average of 3.05 on holes of the sort as a team.
No. 26 Texas Tech took home the team title with a final tally of 890 (+26). 34th-ranked Augusta finished second at 900. Illinois (906), Middle Tennessee (908) and Chattanooga (910) wrapped up the top five teams. South Florida and Troy (916) tied for sixth place while Mercer and Old Dominion (929) shared eighth-place honors. Kennesaw State (933), East Tennessee State (937) and Georgetown (941) rounded out the field.
OAHU, Hawaii – Illinois Women's Golf wrapped up play at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational from Oahu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, March 23, with a fifth place team finish. UI posted rounds of 301-292-299 across the two-day event from the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.
"Everyone contributed to the success at the event," stated Illinois head coach Renee Slone. "It was good to have different people step up at different times. It was great to see us put together three strong rounds at the tournament."
Freshman Bing Singhsumalee led the Fighting Illini unit with a T-13th place finish. Singhsumalee fired rounds of 76-68-76 for a combined reading of 220 from Hawaii. At the midway point of the final round, the freshman owned a +3 reading in the frame but went on to fire back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16 to work her way closer to par. Singhsumalee bogeyed the 18th hole to enter her final four holes at two-over par. She closed the tournament with a team-leading eight birdies.
"Bing had a very good second round," shared Slone. "It was great to see her take what she learned in the first round and put into action in round two."
Grace Park also turned in a top-25 finish for the Orange and Blue, coming in at T-21st. The Illini sophomore posted rounds of 76-73-74, respectively, to finish with a combined 223. Park led the tournament field with 42 holes at par, in addition to three birdies.
With a T-28th finish, Stephanie Miller narrowly missed a top-25 finish. Miller carded rounds of 75-74-76 during the tournament for a final 225 reading. The Illini junior carded three birdies and also ranked second for the most holes at par across the individual field with 40.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul posted a third-round reading of 73 to jump 16 spots on the individual board for a T-36th finish. Prapassarangkul's 73 was the best third-round showing by a member of the Orange and Blue. The Illinois sophomore carded rounds of 78-77-73, respectively, for a total reading of 228.
Dana Gattone finished with rounds of 74-78-85 for a T-64th place reading. Gattone registered five birdies at the event, including three in the opening round to lead the team with a score of 74.
Oklahoma State and Texas A&M each finished the event with readings of 860 (-4), but Oklahoma State clinched the title based on the tie-breaker. Pepperdine finished third (864) with Texas taking fourth at 874. Illinois rounded out the top five with a combined score of 892. Fresno State (897), Hawaii (903), Gonzaga (906), Nebraska (914) and Idaho (914) wrapped up the top-10 teams. UMKC (915), Portland State (935), UTEP (942), Osaka Gakuin (953), Lipscomb (955) and Hawaii-Hilo (1001) rounded out the 16-team field.
The Orange and Blue will be in action on the other side of the country in less than a week when the Illini head back to Georgia for the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate. Play from Kennesaw, Georgia, is slated to begin Monday, March 28.
"We can continue to build on our successes," Slone shared of her message to the team following the top-five showing. "Our putting was much improved after Augusta. Making more birdies after this many pars; we can take it to that next level."
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Illinois women's golf team opened the final day of action from the 3M Augusta Invitational with a second-round team score of 293 and went on to finish eighth as a team at the event. UI was led by Grace Park for the second tournament of the spring, who finished with a score of 223 (+7). Third round play was originally slated for Sunday, but due to the risk of inclement weather, Saturday was switched to 36 holes with a shotgun-start format.
"From tee to green, overall, our play was relatively solid," shared Slone. "We lost our shots on and around the green. We'll be focusing on that in our upcoming practice."
"We play so many tournaments that are a 36-18 format that today seemed normal for us," head coach Renee Slone said of the significance of the tournament format change. "In fact, playing 18-18-18 is almost a bit unusual, so we looked at today as nothing out of the norm."
Park entered the final day of competition at one-over par. In the second round of action, the sophomore posted one hole below par to finish with a reading of 76 (+4). Park fired back in the final round, carding a 74 to close play with a score of 223 and a share of 24th place. With 37 holes at par, Park owned the fourth-best ranking in the tournament field.
"Grace manages her mistakes well and minimizes them and now the next step is to be more aggressive to capitalize on those opportunities," Slone said of Park leading the Illini for the second tournament this spring.
Stephanie Miller and Bing Singhsumalee both tied for 32nd with +9 efforts of 225 from the Forest Hills Golf Course. Miller finished with a card reading of 76-72-77, while Singhsumalee fired rounds of 78-72-75. The even-par scores in the second round were the lone rounds at par for the Illini at the event. Miller tallied 36 holes at par at the event while also adding six birdies. Singhsumalee, the only freshman on the Orange and Blue squad this season, led the Illini with nine birdies at the 3M Augusta Invitational.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul carded rounds of 78-73-76 respectively and finished tied for 37th at the second spring outing for Illinois. The Illini sophomore averaged 4.92 strokes on par-five shots at the tournament to lead the Illinois unit. She finished with six birdies at the event.
Dana Gattone posted scores of 77-79-77 for a 233 reading on the weekend. The sophomore finished in a tie for 61st place.
Competing individually for Illinois was sophomore Pailin Ruttanasupagid, who finished in the middle of the pack of the individual competitors. Ruttanasupagid tied for 82nd with a scorecard of 77-87-77 = 241.
No. 42 Augusta took home the team title with a final score of 861 (-3). Coastal Carolina (871) finished second while No. 33 Furman (875) took home third place. East Tennessee State (878), No. 35 East Carolina (887), No. 17 Florida State (889) and No. 21 Texas A&M (896) filled out the spots prior to Illinois (899) in eighth place. Troy (901), Virginia Tech (902), Mercer (902), Kennesaw State (905), Memphis (909), Eastern Michigan (914), Maryland (918) and Georgia Southern (929) rounded out the field.
Illinois will have a quick turnaround before leaving for its spring break trip that will feature tournaments on both sides of the country. The Orange and Blue open their break in Hawaii with the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational slated for March 22-23. Less than a week later, Illinois will be back in Georgia for the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate that will take place from March 28-29 in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Stay tuned to FIGHTINGILLINI.com for all the latest information on Fighting Illini Women's Golf as the team continues the spring season. Follow the Orange and Blue on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for even more coverage.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Illinois Women's Golf came out strong on the final day of the Westbrook Spring Invitational, as four Illini posted their best scores of the tournament in the third round. The Orange and Blue put together a team score of 877 (+13) for the fifth-best team 54-hole mark in program history. Illinois combined for five individual rounds at or below par across the two-day event.
"This is a good tournament to kick off the spring season," shared head coach Renee Slone. "It is a great chance to post numbers and build confidence to start the spring on the right foot."
Four Illini golfers carded their lowest round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational in today's action.
"The team had two more rounds under their belts after yesterday," Slone said of the improved third-round scores. "We haven't played a ton of rounds yet this spring, so our scores began to drop after seeing the golf course more. The team was able to build off day one and you could see that in today's round."
After shooting one-over par in the opening round, Grace Park responded with two rounds at par for a final tally of 217 (+1). The sophomore registered a trio of birdies in the final round at the Westbrook Village Vistas Golf Course to lead Illinois with a T-23rd individual standing.
Not far behind Park was Stephanie Miller, who entered Monday's round at one-under par. Miller commenced third-round play on the back nine, where she tallied two of her three birdies on the day. The junior led the team with 10 birdies at the University of Wisconsin-hosted event. Miller tallied a mark of 75 (+3) in the final round to bring her total to 218 (+2), her best showing of the season.
While she did not card a single birdie on the day, sophomore Chayanid Prapassarangkul turned in an eagle on the par-five fifth hole along with 14 holes at par to finish the round with a one-over par score of 73. Prapassarangkul finished with a combined reading of 222 (+6) and improved by a stroke each round in Peoria, Arizona.
Bing Singhsumalee tallied her team-leading fourth round below par this season on the final day of the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The freshman carded rounds of 76-77-71, respectively, at the event, for a combined score of 224 (+8). Singhsumalee shot three-under par on the front nine holes and carded four birdies across the final 18 holes.
Dana Gattone also contributed a cumulative score of 224 (+8) for a share of 56th individually on rounds of 75-75-74. The sophomore tallied a pair of consecutive birdies to shoot one-under par on the front nine and finished with a score of 74 in the final round.
In just her third collegiate tournament, Pailin Ruttanasupagid competed as an individual and recorded both her best single round and 54-hole scores at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The sophomore carded a 77 in the closing round to finish with a combined reading of 238 at the event after scoring 87 and 74 on the first day.
"I am very proud of her [Pailin] for her efforts yesterday in turning things around from round one to round two," Slone said of Ruttanasupagid's career marks. "She noticed things going on and took it upon herself to make changes and put those into play in the afternoon. She had the awareness and courage to do that. This is a big step in the right direction."
As a team, Illinois finished 11th in the 15-team field. No. 30 Oregon captured the team title with a 10-under par score of 854. No. 44 Ohio State grabbed runner-up honors with an 859. Kansas State (861), No. 26 UNLV (863) and No. 41 SMU (864) rounded out the top five teams.
The Fighting Illini have two open weekends before they hit the links again for competition. Next on the slate for the Orange and Blue is a trip to Augusta, Georgia, for the 3M Augusta Invitational from March 11-13.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The 2015 Illinois Women's Golf fall slate has concluded with the Orange and Blue picking up their second top-five finish, closing the Palmetto Intercollegiate in fifth place. Illinois finished with a team score of 887 after rounds of 290-300-297 at the three-day outing hosted at the Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah, South Carolina.
"We posted a solid round on the first day, struggled a bit to open the second round but found a way to right our ship, and then had the same problem in round three, which we couldn't quite work back from," shared head coach Renee Slone.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul led UI, posting two of her three rounds at or below par (70-75-72=217). The sophomore Illini bogeyed her third hole of the final day, but worked back to even par with birdies on holes nine and 15. Prapassarangkul finished with five birdies across the three rounds and led all competitors with a total of 44 holes at par.
"Jan had a great tournament filled with solid play," stated Slone. "She took a different mental approach to this event, which proved to be beneficial and we are hoping this was a turning point for her."
Freshman Bing Singhsumalee finished 15th with a three-day score of 220 (+4), including rounds of 73-73-74. Entering the day in a share of ninth place, Singhsumalee posted a pair of birdies to erase a couple of bogeyed holes but couldn't counter a late double bogey and closed the final round with a two-over 74. The UI newcomer finished four-under par on par five holes, the second-best mark across the field and additionally carded seven birdies.
Grace Park turned in rounds of 74-75-76 for a grand total score of 225 (+9) to claim a share of the 30th spot. Park also carded a team-high nine birdies at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Stephanie Miller and Dana Gattone both finished with three-day scores of 228 (+12) for a share of 44th place in the individual field. Miller posted rounds of 73-77-78 while Gattone's card read 75-78-75. The pair of Illini golfers combined for nine birdies at the event.
UI finished atop a pair of categories on the team statistics board including the best average on par five holes where the Illini posted a mark of 4.97 (-2). Additionally, the Orange and Blue finished with 185 holes at par, the best mark in the 20-team field.
"This is something that we have been talking about because in previous tournaments we haven't capitalized on par five holes," said Slone of having the best team average on par five holes. "Jan played the par fives even to help our average. Additionally, Bing birdied the fifth hole, a par five, in all three rounds."
Furman ran away with the team honors with an 11-over mark of 875. Chattanooga finished second at 882 (+18), while Campbell took third place at 884 (+20) and Augusta secured fourth with a score of 886 (+22). UI posted its second top-five finish of the fall with a score of 887 (+23) while Louisville (889), Coastal Carolina (894), Kansas (989), Kennesaw State (901) and College of Charleston (901) rounded out the top 10 team finishers. Filling out the remainder of the field in order were: East Tennessee State (902), South Florida (909), Tulsa (910), Xavier (912), Charleston Southern (914), Boise State (921), Virginia Tech (923), Boston University (933), Maryland (935) and Stetson (943).
FIGHTING ILLINI POST TOP-10 FINISH AT CARDINAL CUP
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – Illinois Women's Golf returns home with the team's third top-10 finish of the fall after posting scores of 299-292-312 = 903 at the Louisville-hosted Cardinal Cup. Competitors played 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 19 and finished up with the third round on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from the 6,132-yard University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky.
"Overall, we put together some solid rounds at the Cardinal Cup," shared head coach Renee Slone. "We started slow but turned things around on our second nine holes of the first round and kept things rolling for much of the second round as well." She continued, "We did a great job to put ourselves in contention, but we came out a little too flat in the final round and just weren't able to recover."
Leading the Illinois unit individually was freshman Bing Singhsumalee, who finished tied for 19th after posting a pair of readings at 73 (+1) on the opening day of play. In the final round, Singhsumalee opened on the fifth hole and headed to the back nine with an even-par reading but hit a rough patch and finished with a mark of 78 for an eight-over total score of 224.
Finishing just behind Singhsumalee was sophomore Grace Park, who concluded play in a tie for 23rd place. Park posted a one-over par effort of 73 in the opening frame and followed up with a one-under 71 in round two. Round three saw Park card an 82 en route to a three-round total of 226 (+10). The sophomore finished with a team-best seven birdies across the two-day event.
Stephanie Miller tied for 37th overall after carding rounds of 75-75-80 to finish with a final score of 230 (+14). Miller posted the second-most holes at par on the Illinois squad with a mark of 36.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul and Dana Gattone tied for 44th at the Cardinal Cup with three-round totals of 231 (+15). Prapassarangkul opened play with scores of 78 and 75 on the first day and carded a 78 to close out the event. Gattone posted an 82 in the opening frame before responding with rounds of 73 and 76 in rounds two and three respectively. Prapassarangkul finished with a team-best 37 holes at par while Gattone fired 34.
Competing as an individual, Pailin Ruttanasupagid finished with a share of 76th after carding a two-day total of 246. The Illinois sophomore posted rounds of 85-80-81 at the second collegiate tournament of her career. Ruttanasupagid tied with Park each posting seven birdies, a team-high.
Illinois finished ninth in the team standings with a final score of 903. Louisville claimed the team title with a mark of 878 (+14). Florida State (+25), Chattanooga (+31), Wisconsin (+32) and Virginia Tech (+33) rounded out the top-five team finishers. The Louisville "B" squad secured sixth place at 898 (+34) followed by Notre Dame (+35) and East Carolina (+36). Finishing behind Illinois were Columbia (+40), Cincinnati (+49), Richmond (+50), Indiana (+59), Ball State (+65) and Bradley (+68).
Next up for the Orange and Blue is the Palmetto Intercollegiate, which runs from Sunday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The College of Charleston-hosted event is the final stop for the Fighting Illini this fall.
BOERNE, Texas – Coming off of a pair of top-10 finishes to open the season, the Illinois women's golf team heads to the Jim West Challenge for possibly its biggest test yet. The three-day event will be hosted by Texas State University from Sunday, Oct. 4 through Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Tapatio Springs Resort.
Six of the teams in the 13-member field rank in the top 30 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Those six, and their ranks, include: Kent State, 9; Texas A&M, 18; Illinois, 21; Houston, 22; Miami, 26; and Missouri, 27. Other teams in the field are Texas State, Texas, Florida State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and USTA.
Opening-round tee times begin at 10 a.m. CT, with Illinois commencing at 11:10 a.m. First on the links will be sophomore Grace Park, followed by freshman Bing Singhsumalee, who will be succeeded by Chayanid Prapassarangkul. Dana Gattone and Stephanie Miller will round out the Orange and Blue competitors.
The Tapatio Springs Resort is a par-72 venue that features a yardage of 6,372, including a par-37 back nine.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships in the book, the Illinois women's golf team has secured another top-10 finish on the season as the Illini brought home a sixth place team effort. UI posted team rounds of 292-294-290=876 at the two-day event hosted at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee.
"I am proud of how the team battled today as the course played tougher," shared head coach Renee Slone. "This team applied what they learned yesterday and made smart choices that resulted in some solid rounds in a competitive field."
In the lead for the Orange and Blue were Stephanie Miller and Dana Gattone, who both finished +6 on the tournament for t-18th finishes individually. Miller, a junior, posted rounds of 72-74-74=219, while Gattone turned in three-straight readings of 73. The pair of Fighting Illini combined for 15 birdies across the three rounds of action.
Also finishing in the top 25 individually was sophomore Chayanid Prapassarangkul, who scored 74-72-74=220 for a +7 outing at the University of Tennessee-hosted event.
Bing Singhsumalee finished with a share of 28th place. The freshman carded rounds of 74 and 77 on the opening day of the event before coming out in the final round with a 70 to become the first Illinois golfer of the season to post a round below par. Singhsumalee climbed 26 spots in the final round for the top 30 finish.
Additionally, Grace Park turned in readings of 73-75-81=229 at her second event of the season. Park finished with a share of 57th place in the competitive field.
Taking the top team spot was Kent State with a five-under par final reading. With a nine-stroke difference, Tennessee secured second place, one stroke ahead of Iowa State who finished third. Ohio State took fourth while Florida rounded out the top five. Finishing below Illinois was NC State in seventh, Minnesota in eighth place, UNLV taking ninth and Maryland rounding out the top 10. Filling out the remaining spots in the field were the College of Charleston, Chattanooga, Kentucky and South Dakota State.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Fighting Illini women's golf closed out the opening tournament of the 2015-16 season with a third place finish at the Minnesota Invitational. Illinois finished just three strokes off of the lead at the event hosted at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by the Golden Gophers.
"There are a lot of positives to take away from this opening tournament," shared head coach Renee Slone. "This team is in a good place to start the year off on a strong note."
In the final round of the Minnesota Invitational, Illinois posted the lowest score of the day across the field with a 295. Additionally, the Orange and Blue carded rounds of 289 and 303 on the first day of action.
As a team, Illinois finished in third place with a total score of 887 (+23) in the 12-team field. Purdue took home the team title after shooting +20 on the two-day event. East Carolina picked up the runner-up spot with a +22 outing. Kent State and Minnesota rounded out the top-five scores, coming in at +31. The rest of the field finished in the order of Houston (+33), GRU Augusta (+40), Colorado (+40), TCU (+46), Texas (+53), Kentucky (+63) and Kansas (+79).
Leading the Fighting Illini was freshman Bing Singhsumalee, who finished with a share of eighth place in her first collegiate outing. Singhsumalee recorded a mark of 222 at six-over par and led the entire individual field with 13 birdies across the three rounds of action.
"Bing was spot on with everything in her opening round," stated Slone. "She opened the final round with a pretty solid start as well. We can't wait to see what else she'll accomplish this season, and in her career."
Back in the opening round of the tournament, Singhsumalee registered a tie for the lowest round in UI program history at 66 (-6).
Stephanie Miller tied for 13th at the season-opening event after posting rounds of 72-77-75. The junior birdied nine holes at the event. Dana Gattone came in at 15th place with a nine-over par effort. Chayanid Prapassarangkul tied for 20th with a reading of 79-75-72 while Grace Park finished with a share of 27th, carding rounds of 79-75-73=227.
Competing as an individual in her first collegiate tournament, sophomore Pailin Ruttanasupagid finished tied for 63rd after posting scores of 79-88-81.
"This was a step forward in the right direction," Slone said. "We were in position to finish on top and the fact that we didn't is very motivating heading into our next tournament."
Up next for the Fighting Illini unit is the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate hosted by Tennessee. Three rounds will be played across Sept. 21 and 22, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
B1G Championships Results
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Illinois women's golf team has concluded play at the 2015 Big Ten Championships with a ninth place finish after three rounds of play from The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fighting Illini carded team rounds of 302-303-302 for a total of 907 for the single-digit place finish.
Illinois was led by freshman Chayanid Prapassarangkul who finished in a tie for 16th individually. Prapassarangkul carded rounds of 72-78-71 to finish +5 at 221. The freshman also posted eight birdies, four in both the first and last rounds.
"Jan had a very solid finish today; tied for 16th in her first Big Ten Tournament, that's very promising," shared head coach Renee Slone.
Finishing second for the Illini was Grace Park who finished with a share of 36th place. Park turned in a line of 79-71-77 for a +11 debut at the Big Ten Championships. Stephanie Miller posted a total that was just one stroke higher, coming in at 228 (+12) for a share of 41st place. The sophomore carded rounds of 75-76-77, respectively. Dana Gattone was the fourth contributor for the Illinois team score in the final round with a 77 to go along with her previous rounds of 77 and 79. Gattone finished with a share of 60th place at 233 (+17).
"It's certainly nice to see those sub-par rounds, that's a positive sign for the team," Slone stated.
Pimploy Thirati turned in a +19 (235) showing at the event. The senior carded rounds of 78-78-79 for 65th on the individual board. Emily Joers finished with a 252 (+36) after carding rounds of 88-81-83.
For the second year in a row, there was a tie for the top-team spot at the Big Ten Championships. Northwestern and Ohio State shared the honors after posting team scores of 863 (-1). Purdue took the bronze with an 872 (+8) showing. Michigan State (878), Michigan (882), Wisconsin (895), Minnesota (898) and Maryland (899) all filled out the board ahead of the Fighting Illini unit. Illinois took the final single-digit spot on the board with a total score of 907 (+43). Iowa (910), Indiana (911), Penn State (912), Nebraska (917) and Rutgers (926) rounded out the team board.
As a reminder, the event will be aired as a delayed recording on May 6, at 6 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network.
Competition at Hurricane Invitational Concludes, Prapassarangkul Ties for Second
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With all three rounds of the Hurricane Invitational in the books, the Illinois women's golf team will return to campus with a share of 10th place. The Illini were led by freshman Chayanid Prapassarangkul who turned in a combined score of 214 (+1) at the event.
"We had a solid start to the tournament," stated head coach Renee Slone. "We made a number of mental errors that were very costly and did not take advantage of the par-fives this week. Jan had a terrific tournament and a great round today to jump up the leaderboard. She made an honest assessment of her fall season and realized the importance of investing significant time into a couple of areas."
Illinois finished with a team score of 892 (+40) as part of the four-way tie for 10th place. Northwestern took the top-spot (859), followed by Miami (865) and Iowa State (868). Louisville and Minnesota rounded out the top-five with team cardings of 873 and 878 respectively. Purdue (881), East Carolina (886), South Florida (889) and Campbell (890) filled up the single digit spots. The four-way tie for 10th place included Middle Tennessee State, Daytona State, Illinois and Michigan all shooting a combined 892. Kennesaw State (893), Penn State (902) and Ole Miss (932) rounded out the field.
Prapassarangkul turned in rounds of 72-73-69 (214, +1) for a share of second place, her best individual finish at Illinois. Stephanie Miller finished tied for 44th with rounds of 70-75-79 for a final reading of 224. Competing individually, Pimploy Thirati was the next highest Illini finisher coming in for a tie at 56th after producing rounds of 77-76-74 (227). Emily Joers tied for 62nd, along with teammate Grace Park after rounds of 75-78-76 (229) and 78-76-75 (229) respectively. Dana Gattone finished with a reading of 237 (74-82-71) for the 82nd spot.
Illinois freshman, Prapassarangkul shared the second individual spot with three other competitors hailing from Miami, Iowa State and Northwestern. Tiffany Chan of Daytona State took the individual title with a 212 (-1) outing.
As a team, Illinois carded 158 holes at par on the tournament in addition to 27 holes at one-under par. Prapassarangkul was responsible for nine Illini birdies and even-par holes.
The Illini will return to action on Monday, March 23 when they begin the two-day Briar's Creek Invitational in Johns Island, South Carolina.
Freshman Jan Prapassarangkul Earns B1G Golfer of the Week Honor
ROSEMONT, Ill. - University of Illinois freshman Chayanid Prapassarangkul has been named the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week, announced by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Prapassarangkul is the second Illini golfer to pick up the weekly honor of the spring and accounts for the fifth accolade on the 2014-15 season.
Prapassarangkul collects the first Big Ten weekly award of her career following her tie for third place finish at the Westbrook Invitational on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 22-23, in Peoria, Arizona. The Bangkok, Thailand, native posted a career-best 54-hole score of 213 (-3) at the two-day event. She posted a 73 (+1) the first round and turned around to fire a 70 (-2) on Sunday afternoon in the second round.
The first-year Illini carded another round of 70 (-2) in the final round to jump six spots for a final placement in the third slot, along with three other golfers. Prapassarangkul finished with seven birdies along with an eagle. She bogeyed just six holes over the tournament and also had a tournament-best average of 4.67 on par five holes in addition to an average of 2.92 on par three holes, third best across the field.
"We are so happy for Jan's efforts to be recognized by the Big Ten," shared head coach Renee Slone. "She learned some valuable lessons last semester and has taken it upon herself to improve some key areas that will aid in her continued growth and development. It is exciting to see her dedication already leading to career-best finish."
During the fall, Dana Gattone earned the Golfer of the Week honor the week of Sept. 10 while Stephanie Miller claimed the accolade the weeks of Oct. 23 and Nov. 5. This spring, Emily Joers picked up her first honor the week of Feb. 4.
The Illini have a short turnaround between tournaments as they head out this Saturday for Coral Gables, Florida. Illinois will participate in the Hurricane Invitational next Monday-Wednesday, March 2-4. Opening swings are slated for 7 a.m. CST.
Prapassarangkul Tabbed Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week
ROSEMONT, Ill. - For the second week in a row, Illinois freshman golfer Chayanid Prapassarangkul has been named as the Big Ten's Golfer of the Week. The Bangkok, Thailand, native shares this week's honor with Northwestern's Hannah Kim. The conference office announced the awards on Thursday, March 5.
This marks the second weekly honor of Prapassarangkul's career, coming on consecutive weeks. Prapassarangkul's second award is the sixth for the Illinois program during the 2014-15 season.
At the Hurricane Invitational, Prapassarangkul led the Fighting Illini with a three-day score of 214, just one stroke over par. Her share of second place is the best finish of her career. Prapassarangkul carded rounds of 72-73-69 (214, +1) at the par-71 Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida. For the second-straight tournament, the Illini golfer posted her lowest score of a tournament in the final round, both rounds were two strokes under par.
Prapassarangkul carded nine birdies at the Hurricane Invitational while turning in 35 even-par holes. She averaged 2.92 strokes on par-three holes, the second best mark at the event. The Illinois freshman also averaged 4.89 strokes on par-five holes to tie for the ninth best mark among the individual field.
During the fall, Dana Gattone earned the Golfer of the Week honor the week of Sept. 10 while Stephanie Miller claimed the accolade the weeks of Oct. 23 and Nov. 5. This spring, Emily Joers picked up her first honor the week of Feb. 4, followed by Prapassarangkul on Feb. 25.
Head coach Renee Slone's unit will return to action on March 23rd when the head to Johns Island, South Carolina, for the two-day Briar's Creek Invitational.
Chip Shots: Chayanid Prapassarangkul
Hi Illini fans!
We are back from Arizona, where we officially started our spring season. The nice, warm weather was a great way to begin our season; we even got lucky and had just 10 minutes of showers on the second day, when the chance of rain was 60-80% all day. The tournament field consisted of 15 teams, including five B1G teams, so there were a lot of familiar faces and I even got to see a couple of my friends from Thailand, too! The team had a strong start on the first day placing third after the first two rounds but were not able to maintain the flow on the last day and closed the tournament in eighth place.
Leading into the tournament, the team worked very hard practicing and preparing. Each of us had an area of focus we worked on for the last couple weeks. Personally, I have realized the importance of the mental side of the game from the fall season and have been spending a lot of time on it. The Westbrook course also provided a lot of opportunities to score and be aggressive with our games, and we practiced having that in mind so we could utilize the opportunities to the best of our abilities.
During the first day, the team posted solid scores of 291 and 288, respectively, including two sub-par rounds from Dana and I along with a 72 from Emily. I personally was very satisfied with my rounds considering the first nine holes I was three over but was able to make the adjustments and come back and finished the 36 holes at one under par featuring a hole out from 95 yards on #14 for an eagle in the afternoon. Dana and I were tied for eighth at one under par after the first day. The team was very pleased with the results and felt confident leading into the third round.
Unfortunately, the second day did not go well for us and we struggled dropping putts and making birdies and ended up with a team score of 296. Nevertheless, there were still some positives. Grace played much better than her second round, carding a 73, and I was able to finish strong with another 70, posting my career-best score of 213 (-3) and career-best finish at tied for third. I was very pleased with my performance and was glad I was able to put what I have been working on into action at the tournament.
Westbrook has always been one of the team's favorite tournaments, and it still is. This year was very special to us as we were able to hold a meet-and-greet session with our alumni in the area that are fans and supporters of our program. It was a great time for us and we were very glad we were able to meet and talk with them; it was a significant event for the team and it gave us great energy leading into the tournament.
The course was very energetic and lively both days with the great amount of crowds that came out to cheer us on. 'Go Illini!' was heard throughout the course and we were very energized by that. We thank you for your support and for coming out. Host families are always a great part of the tournament and we were very lucky to have such great hosts that not only provided us accommodations, but also great food to fuel us for the rounds. We thoroughly enjoyed the ribs, chicken, salads and rolls, not to mention the great dessert that we kept going back for. Thank you so much for your time and hospitality, we really appreciate it and had a great time staying with you, fellow Illini.
This tournament has provided a lot of information and lessons for us to use to improve ourselves. During the week we will be having very productive practice sessions, preparing for the quick turnaround where we will be heading to Florida this weekend for our second spring tournament. The team is very excited for the coming season. So stay tuned for the next update after our tournament in Coral Gables next week.
Chayanid (Jan) Prapassarangkul
Illinois Captures Seventh Straight Illinois Challenge Title Feb 1, 2015
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - As central Illinois was caught in the middle of a blizzard, the Illinois women's golf team stormed their way to the team's seventh-straight Illinois Challenge over in-state rival Illinois State on Sunday, Feb. 1. The Orange and Blue claimed the title with an 8-4 decision.
The Redbirds and Illini opened the day with four ball matches. Stephanie Miller and Michelle Mayer teamed up for a 2-up victory after winning holes 16-18. Miller birdied 17 and 18. Dana Gattone and Pimploy Thirati finished all square on 18 with Gattone nailing a putt for the win on the 18th hole. Erin Ahern and Grace Park were 3-up but were brought in to start the afternoon matches. Emily Joers and Chayanid Prapassarangkul locked down a 3&2 win for the Illini.
In the individual matches, the Illini claimed four of five points. Joers was the first back in after claiming an 8&7 decision. Miller finished next with a 5&4 result with Park close behind with a 4&3 advantage. Pailin Ruttanasupagid won 2&1 for the Illini's eighth point. Prapassarangkul's match was suspended on the 18th hole while she was trailing resulting in a 1-down loss.
Head coach Renee Slone's team has claimed all seven Illinois Challenge titles. The event dates back to the 2008-09 season.
Illinois will have three weeks prior to opening the season at the Westbrook Spring Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Peoria, Arizona. The event is slated for February 22-23.
Illini Top Fresno State, Win Hoosier Fall Invitational Oct 18-19, 2014
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Head coach Renee Slone's team brought home their second title in as many weeks after winning three rounds of match play at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. On the final day of the Hoosier Fall Invitational the Fighting Illini squared off against Fresno State for the championship of the match play style event.
With the second round of Saturday's match play suspended due to darkness the Illini took to the course early Sunday morning to determine the winner against top-seeded Indiana. Illinois had three matches to finish and needed just one victory to advance to the championship match to face #4 seed Fresno State.
Samantha Postillion birdied the 22nd hole to top Indiana's Elizabeth Tong while Chayanid Prapassarangkul topped Maria Mancini in 18 holes. Stephanie Miller fell to the Hoosiers' Ana Sanjuan on the 19th hole. Illinois topped the #1 seeded host, Indiana to advance to the championship showdown.
In the championship the Illini won four out of five match ups against Fresno State to bring home the championship. Postillion topped Hannah Sodersten. Miller came back from her early loss to top Samantha Spencer. Freshmen Dana Gattone and Jan Prapassarangkul each got a win, topping Madchen Ly and Mimi Ho respectively. Grace Park fell to Fresno State's Guðrún Björgvinsdóttir in the number four spot.
Ball State topped the Hoosiers in the third place match while Illinois State tied Boston College for fifth place. Northern Illinois grabbed the win in the seventh place match over Eastern Michigan.
After two weeks off Slone's unit will head to their final tournament of the fall season from November 2-4 in Boerne, Texas.
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