Thursday, April 19, 2012

UIS women's golf team dressed for success

Members of the University of Illinois Springfield women’s golf team don’t blend in with the crowd at tournaments.

You know immediately when the Prairie Stars step on to the golf course or walk in a room. Their apparel sets them apart. They don’t wear stodgy or boring clothing, which earns them lots of compliments from opponents.

“Our uniforms are fun and young,” said UIS junior Abby Vorreyer. “We wear hot pink and yellow. We don’t have to wear collared shirts. We get to wear bright shorts. Other teams love it.”

The Stars’ clothing is a reflection of their fun-loving group. Good times abound when they’re all together. But what they are doing on the course is more than fun and games. UIS has taken a giant step toward coming of age as a program.

“I used to get the NCAA rankings and it would have NR (not ranked) there for the longest time,” UIS coach Nichole Inkel said. “I’d say, ‘How can we not be ranked? That doesn’t make any sense.’ But we weren’t ranked.”

Currently, UIS is ranked 86th out of 137 teams in NCAA Division II.

The team was featured in an April 19, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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