Eagle Golf Takes 16th at Red Rocks Invitational

Eastern in top 10 after day one, but falters in second round at Oak Creek Country Club

The Eastern Washington University women's golf team wrapped up its first competition of the 2011 spring season, finishing 16th out of 18 teams at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Arizona. Eastern recorded a total team score of 677 (331-346) at the event.

Although playing in Arizona, the Eagles did not find refuge from the chilly winter weather of Washington, as temperatures at the Oak Creek Country Club only got as high as 40 degrees throughout the weekend, with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour.  

Due to the adverse conditions, and an even worse forecast, tournament officials decided to move the event up one day to begin Friday (Feb. 25), as opposed to Saturday (Feb. 26). This change in scheduling eliminated a practice round for all 18 teams competing.

Despite the weather and lack of knowledge of the course, Eastern had an impressive showing in the first day of competition. The Eagles carded a total team score of 331, which was good for a share of 10th place. Eastern was several strokes ahead of conference foes Weber State, Northern Colorado and Idaho State after the first 18 holes.

Sophomore-transfer Jackie Brown led the Eagles in day one, firing a 78. Senior Kellie Holmstedt and sophomore Jayme Carbon also helped EWU's effort with identical scores of 83 in the first round.

Unfortunately, Eastern struggled in the second round, finishing 15 strokes behind its initial effort. The team recorded a cumulative score of 346. No one on the squad was able to shoot below an 80, as Brown had the best second-round at 85. She did finish among the top 30 at the event with her total score of 163.

Holmstedt and Carbon, again, shot the exact same score, and ended up tying for 60th place with a total score of 170 (83-87).

Junior Annie Viola took 86th with her two-round total of 178 (87-91). Sophomore Dana Stapleton was the only Eagle golfer to improve from day one to day two, as she fired an 87 in the second round. She had shot 92 over the first 18 holes. Stapleton tied for 87th with her total score of 179.

Host-school Northern Arizona won the event with a cumulative team effort of 613 (304-309). Western Michigan took second (623), while Montana rounded out the top three with a total team score of 629.

Eastern will have nearly a month off before its next competition in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The Eagles will play at the Cal Poly Lamkin Grip Match Play Challenge March 24-25 at the Cypress Ridge Golf Club.

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