Women's Golf Falls to Illinois at Illinois Challenge

Feb. 4, 2013

VENICE, Fla - VENICE, Fla. - The Illinois State women's golf team opened the 2013 spring season with a loss to Illinois by a score of 6-3 at the Illinois Challenge on the par-72, 6,980-yard Venice Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., Sunday.

The match was constructed of three ball matches in the morning followed by individual matches between the two teams in the afternoon. The challenge, however, was cut short to ensure both teams made a safe return trip home to Illinois.

In the morning three ball matches, the Redbirds got off to a quick start acquiring two out of the three possible points. Senior Katie Jean, along with sophomore Hayley Guyton played efficiently with a victory over their U of I opponents (2 & 1), while juniors Rachel Powers and Carlee Cossell also beat their competition (2 & 1). Junior Jordyn Wyzgowski and freshman Courtnee Cossell fell to Illinois in the third match (2 & 1). The afternoon individual matches did not fare well for ISU, as the Redbirds couldn't manage to win a match, which allowed the Illini to accomplish their fifth-consecutive victory at the annual tournament.

Despite the outcome, head coach Darby Sligh was pleased with her team's effort.

"We played extremely passionately this weekend," Sligh explained. "It's a shame we ran out of time to finish the matches completely, but the competition was outstanding. Winning two match points early was just what we needed to be in position to pull it out but we just fell short in the end. I was very proud of the way this team worked under pressure. I believe we are much better prepared to jump into the season after this solid display."



The Redbirds will be back in action on Feb. 17 at the Jim West Challenge in Blanco, Texas.