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 (MICK-O-LE-CHECK)
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
Additional thanks to our partners at Peoria Public Radio, and listeners like you.
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.