Eastern ties season-low round on final day at Ocotillo, but ends up eighth for the fourth year in a row
To cap off the 2011-12 campaign, the Eastern Washington University women's golf team turned in its best round of the year.
The Eagles fired a 313 on the third and final day of the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship in Chandler, Ariz., tying their lowest round of both the fall and spring seasons. Eastern finished with a total team score of 950 (314-323-313) - nearly 20 strokes better than any other 54-hole effort this season. But despite the strong finish at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, the Eagles found themselves in a familiar spot on the leaderboard. For the fourth year in a row, EWU took eighth at the Big Sky tourney.
"I am definitely happy with our scores this week, but of course, would still like to see a higher finish overall," said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. "I think this is an encouraging start for us, but we still have a lot of work to do to become a competitive program."
Northern Colorado won the team title by two strokes over Sacramento State. The Bears finished with a three-round effort of 880 (290-299-291), while UNC junior Carleigh Silvers won individual medalist honors with her three-under par 213 (71-73-69).
Eastern was led on the final day by junior Jayme Carbon, who fired a career-low 73. Carbon was three over par when she made the turn, but had three birdies on the back nine to finish with one of the top eight scores of the day. Her 54-hole total of 232 (81-78-73) was good for a share of 23rd place.
Freshman Caitilin Rice, who led Eastern the first two days of the tourney, had another solid round for the red and white. She carded a 75 on the final 18 to finish with a team-leading 228 (78-77-75). With that score, the rookie out of Seattle, Wash., cracked the top 20 on the individual leaderboard. She was 17th out of 45 total competitors.
"I am so proud of how Caitilin carried herself, this week," said Howe. "She acted like a veteran out on the course, and really competed hard. She surpassed my expectations for a freshman playing in this tournament."
Junior Morgan Lee shot 77 on the final day for a total score of 233 (79-77-77), which was her best 54-hole tournament of the year. Lee tied for 28th overall.