Women’s golf finishes 11th

By Meghan Montemurro

The Illinois women’s golf team finished 11th out of the competitive field at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The Illini shot a three-round score of 977 strokes on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.

“This course at Ohio State is a very challenging golf course, and it was tough for all the teams,” head coach Renee Slone said. “We were pretty disappointed in our performance.”

Seul Ki Park led the team, tying for 37th overall. Park had a strong second round and made the necessary course adjustments, but on the second day, Slone said Park had difficulty hitting the ball in the right spots.

“If you do that on this golf course it’s extremely difficult to save par,” Slone said.

Park said with the course being so narrow, one wrong shot can hurt.

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But the team was happy it had the opportunity to play on the challenging golf course because of the experience it provides.

“This will help us a lot for the Big Tens because the golf course we will be playing on won’t be harder than this,” Park said.

One of the downfalls for Illinois was its inability to hit the ball onto the green.

Slone said the high number of three-putts and poor chipping made it hard for the team to recover.

The Illini plan to focus on these aspects down the road.

“We have a couple of days to work on that and prepare for it before the Big Ten Championships,” Slone said.

With only four days until the Big Ten Championships, Illinois will continue to work on the little things with its play.

Slone said the team needs to work on its short game, especially bunker shots and green play, while continuing to build confidence.

“After having a really solid tournament and then going and playing there (the Scarlet Course), it’s a bit of a blow to one’s confidence level,” Slone said. “We just need to go back and build it up again so we can go to the Big Tens in the right frame of mind.”