Illini kicks off 2022-23 season with seventh annual Illinois Women’s Golf Classic


CHAMPAGNE, Ill. – The Illinois Women’s Golf Program held its seventh annual Women’s Golf Classic at the Atkins Golf Club at the University of Illinois in Urbana. The 19-team field enjoyed a great day on the course and raised funds to benefit the 2022-23 Illini.

The event was made possible by Illini Sponsors Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive and UpClose Marketing & Printing, Illini’s Dashboard, Lunch & Hour Sponsor Ronald and Paula Filler, Range Sponsors Steve and Jan Bowsher Family Trust and Paul Meginnis, and many more.

“We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, sponsors and attendees of this year’s Illinois Women’s Golf Classic,” said the head coach. Renee Slone. “A big thank you to our sponsors Illini, Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive and UpClose Marketing & Printing and Ronald and Paula Filler for supporting the event in multiple areas. This event is such a fun and energizing way to kick off the season for We love the opportunity for our team members to engage with the community and our women’s golf supporters and alumni. Jim Buyze and Ryan Rogiers and the staff of Atkins Golf Club and Homegrown for hosting this year’s Classic.”

Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to complete various challenges on the course, such as the longest drive, the second closest shot and the longest putt. Off the course, competitors had the opportunity to participate in the silent auction.

After the tournament, the Homegrown Restaurant hosted dinner and prizes were handed out. Members of the 2022-23 Illini Women’s Golf Team were introduced to supporters and the evening ended with the announcement of the silent auction winners.

Overall Tournament Winners

FIRST FLIGHT – FIRST PLACE Ben Quattrone, Derek Dietrich, Jeff Troxell, Dave Cartwright (Serra Champaign) – 59

FIRST FLIGHT – SECOND PLACE Jacob Tucker, Frank Fonte, Matt Grandone, Neil Moore (Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive) – 60

SECOND FLIGHT – FIRST PLACE Chip Jorstad, Brent Ericson, Chris Shroyer, Fred Kenney (Busey Bank) – 64

SECOND FLIGHT – SECOND PLACE Ronald Filler, Jim Moore, Mark Kuhlenschmidt, Rob Walls (Ronald and Paula Filler) – 65

THIRD FLIGHT – FIRST PLACE Debra Cohen, Robyn Crane, Mary Ellen Martin, Claudia Richards (Debra Cohen) – 68

THIRD FLIGHT – SECOND PLACE Kim Zahrn, Kim Hazel, Jeanne Martin, Maureen Banks – 68




LONGEST PUTT – HOLE #8 Cheryl Easter

LONGEST PUTT – HOLE #18 Jake Tucker

Silent Auction Winners

Stay and play package at the French Lick Resort: Jacob Tucker

Round for three with Illini Great Tristyn Nowlin: Lisa Joley

Round for four at Atkins Golf Club: Debra Cohen

Champion Driver Fitting Club: Lee Smith

Club Champion Full Bag Fit: Ronald Filler

Club Champion Iron: Jacob Tucker

Callaway Rogue Driver: Jacob Tucker

Steve Stricker signed the Ryder Cup flag: Steve Bowsher

Official University of Illinois Team Golf Bag: Jay Scott

St. Louis Cardinals Ticket Package: Kim Hazel

Colonnades Club Experience: Tara Swearingen

Fighting Illini’s Football Experience: Ben Quattrone

At-home PRP wine sampling: Jacob Tucker

Illini Mission Belt: Ronald Filler


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