Women’s golf gears up for a fresh season

By Peter Bailey-Wells

The Illinois women’s golf team announced its schedule on Tuesday, as it begins its 40th season of play. The Illini open up with a rare intrasquad tournament on Sept. 1 at Stone Creek Golf Course in Urbana. Head coach Renee Slone is using the event to determine which five Illini golfers will head to the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, which begins Sept. 8 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Last season, the Illini finished 3rd in a field of 17 teams. The team will round out the fall with four other tournaments; the Minnesota Invitational, Diane Thompson Invitational, Hoosier Fall invitational and the Jim West Challenge. Illinois begins the spring season with the annual Illinois classic faceoff with Illinois State on Feb. 1 in Venice Beach, Florida. The Illini have won six Illinois Classics in a row. The Illini follow with the Westbrook Spring Invitational, the Hurricane Invitational, the Briar’s Creek Invitationa, the Web.com Intercollegiate and the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Illinois wraps up its season by heading to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship tournament on Apr. 24.

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