Eastern Travels Back to Ocotillo Resort for 2013 Big Sky Championship

Freshman Marissa Borja looks to be in the mix for a top-ten finish and all-conference honors

As the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team heads back to Chandler, Ariz., for the 2013 Big Sky Conference Golf Championship on Sunday-Tuesday (April 21-23), the Eagles are looking to improve on their most recent finishes at the competition.

“I think realistically we can definitely finish in the middle of the pack,” said head coach Brenda Howe. “Obviously we would like to finish higher, but that would be a good goal for us.”

The BSC Championship is a three-day, 54-hole tournament at the well-known Ocotillo Golf Resort. It is the Big Sky’s first championship with 11 teams. This will be Eastern's third event at the Ocotillo this season, as they also competed at The Lumberjack at Ocotillo back in February and most recently at the 2013 Cowgirl Classic on April 8-10.

At The Lumberjack at Ocotillo, EWU finished eighth out of 11 teams, shooting a cumulative 985 (336-324-325).They improved on that score as they placed 15th out of 19 teams in the Cowgirl Classic, hitting a combined score of 963 (325-321-317).

“In the last tournament we saw some good and bad,” said Howe. “We saw some improvement in the four and five scores. We just didn’t have the low scores at the one, two and three.”

In a vote of the Big Sky coaches, the Eagles were voted to finish ninth at the BSC Championships. They have finished eighth in each of the previous four seasons. Northern Arizona was predicted to take the team title receiving eight first place votes.

“There are a few teams we have on our radar that we have beaten all year but they have gotten us once or twice,” said Howe.

Leading the way for the Eagles this season has been freshman Marissa Borja, who is averaging 78.2 strokes per round. She has had four-straight top 20 individual finishes, including a second-place finish at the Jackrabbit Invitational in which she shot a 71 in the second round. The Spring Valley, Calif., native will look to contend for a top-ten finish and all-conference honors.

Hoping to cap off their careers on a positive note will be seniors Morgan Lee and Jayme Carbon, averaging 78.8 and 79.7 strokes per round this season, respectively. Lee’s best individual finish this season came when she had a two-round score of 150 (76-74) at the Red Rocks Invitational in March to tie for sixth. Carbon tied for seventh at the Jackrabbit Invitational with a three-round score of 230 (76-79-75).  

Junior Sara Callagy and sophomore Caitilin Rice will also be hitting the links for Eastern.

“Hopefully we can go out and play to our potential,” said Howe. “We want to get rid of some of the high scores on certain holes that has kind of been our achilles heel for the past couple years.”

Competition at the 2013 BSC Championship begins Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

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