Illinois State Ends Season at NCAA Regionals
Sunday, May 10, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Illinois State women's golf team finished the NCAA Central Regional in 18th place with a three-round score of 963. The Redbirds shot a 339 in the final round to finish ahead of Harvard, Murray State and Fairleigh Dickinson.

"Today was a tough day for the Redbirds. The wind made for absolutely brutal conditions and we struggled finding any sort of rhythm all day," said ISU head coach Darby Sligh. "I am very proud of the way they represented Illinois State University and the Missouri Valley Conference. We have a lot of things to look forward to next season."

Junior Stacey Miller had ISU's best round of the day, carding an 8-over-par 80. Miller was also the Redbirds' best individual finisher, scoring a 213 to finish in a tie for 35th place. Junior Marisa Milligan shot a 10-over-par 82 Friday to place tied for 51st with a three-round score of 235. Junior Laura Harris shot an 83 Saturday and ended the tournament in a tie for 84th place with a 244.

Seniors Marci Hill and Tiffany Hockensmith shot 89 and 91, respectively, in the final rounds of their ISU careers. Hockensmith finished 101st with a score of 255 and Hill tied for 104th with a 262 in the regional.

UCLA won the Central Regional with a 13-over-par score of 877. Purdue, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, New Mexico, Ohio State and Chattanooga all placed in the top-eight and advanced to the NCAA Championship, hosted by Georgetown next weekend.