Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: June 30 & July 1 2018.
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame includes only 8 golfers. Three men and three women were local players.
Metamora native Renee Slone is the most successful female golfer in University of Illinois history. Renee played five professional golf seasons before returning to Illinois as women’s golf coach.
Jill Briles-Hinton is the only woman in the Hall as coach and player. After an All-American collegiate career at the University of Miami, Peoria Central High alum Jill Briles was an exempt LPGA Tour player for 12 consecutive years. For a decade, Briles-Hinton was the Head Women’s coach at the University of Florida. Under Briles-Hinton, Florida qualified for the NCAA Championships six times. She later coached at the University of Richmond.
Slone and Briles-Hinton stand at the pinnacle of Peoria-area golfers.
This is the last episode in the first season of Stories Beyond the Scores. Thanks to the following individuals for their contributions:
Getting Started: Dean Jeff Huberman and Charley Steiner;
Technical Support: Dave Lennie, Mat Smoody, and Cory Rabe;
Coaching: Dave Snell;
Research: Bobby Parker;
Story Ideas: Ron Koperski, Kirk Wessler, and Phillip Lockwood;
Website Design: Kevin Mikolaczek;
Logo Design: Sarah Dukes;
Renaissance Coliseum Scoreboard: Sarah Taylor;
Photography: Duane Zehr;
Interns: Sierra Doss and Anthony Landahl;
Story Editor and Recording Engineer: Dr. Anji Rigg Phillips;
Writer, Audio Editor, and Executive Producer: Dr. Ed Lamoureux;
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We will continue to share stories next season. Find archives on our website: sbs.bradley.edu.
Until next time, for Stories Beyond the Scores, I’m Chris Reynolds.
Renee Slone (also Renee Heiken Slone)
“Top Illini of Title IX: No. 5 — Renee Heiken-Slone.” The Daily Illini. June 25, 2012.
2017-18 Women’s Golf Coaching Staff—Fighting Illini
“Metamora’s Renee Heiken Slone in inaugural Illini Hall of Fame class.” Peter Bailey-Wells. Peoria Journal Star, February 23, 2017.
Jill Briles-Hinton (also Jill Briles)
“Where Are They Now?” Peoria Journal Star. October 26, 2010