Eagles Claim Podium Spot at Shocker Invitational
Led by two top-ten individual finishes, Eastern takes third in final event of fall season
The Eastern Washington University women's golf had one of its best showings in nearly two years, as the team claimed third place at the Shocker Invitational in Newton, Kan. After a stellar second round, in which all four Eagle scorers shot in the 70s, Eastern finished with a total team score of 616 (313-303).
"The ladies played outstanding in this tournament," said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. "I couldn't be happier with the improvements they've made since last fall."
Eastern's second-round score of 303 marked the lowest round recorded by the Eagles since the 2008 season, when the team shot a 300 at the Big Sky Championship. The average score among all 44 players at the Shocker Invitational was 80.67, which was higher than the averages posted by all five Eagle golfers competing at the event.
Senior Kellie Holmstedt led the Eagle squad, as she finished in fourth place overall. She was only five strokes back from the winner, who fired a total score of 142. Holmstedt, a native of North Bend, Ore., carded a two-round total of 147 (75-72), while her second-round score of 72 was the best recorded since her freshman season. Holmstedt has now earned three top-five finishes in her career.
"Kellie has played great this entire fall season, and was especially impressive this week," said Howe. "I am excited to see her continue this steady play into the spring season."
Sophomore Jayme Carbon also cracked the top ten, as the Auburn, Wash., native tied for eighth with a total score of 152 (77-75). In addition to earning her first top-ten finish, Carbon tied the lowest round of her career with a 75 in the second round.
"I am really proud of the way Jayme handled herself today," applauded Howe. "She was not hitting the ball well, but kept her head up and managed to salvage a very solid score."
The Eagles had two other players shoot in the 70s in the second round of play, as junior Kylie Ray and sophomore Dana Stapleton both carded a 78. Ray finished third on the Eagle squad and tied for 20th overall after earning a two-round total of 159 (81-78). Stapleton, who fired an 83 in the first round, finished in a tie for 24th.
In just her second collegiate event, freshman Sara Callagy recorded an impressive 160 (80-80) to finish fourth in Eastern's lineup and tied for 22nd overall.
After capturing the first three spots on the individual leaderboard, host Wichita State won the event with a total team score of 587 (302-285). Cal Poly finished as the runner up with its three-round total of 611 (314-297). The Eagles beat five other teams at the event, including Big Sky Conference foe Northern Colorado. Eastern finished 12 strokes ahead of the Bears, who ended up fourth with a total score of 628 (317-311).