Eagles Finish 11th in Spring Season Opener

Junior Jayme Carbon and freshman Caitilin Rice both finish in top 25 at Folino Invitational

The Eastern Washington University women's golf team had a promising first round at the Folino Invitational in Industry Hills, Calif., but after 36 more holes, the Eagle squad ended up finishing 11th out of 12 total teams in its first event of the 2012 spring season.

With a first-round score of 323, Eastern sat in eighth place after the first day of competition from the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms. The Eagles were one stroke ahead of Big Sky rival Sacramento State, and three in front of familiar foe Seattle. But as other teams improved in rounds two and three, EWU dropped back.

The Eagles carded a 329 in the second round and 323 in the third to finish with a total team effort of 975.

Junior Jayme Carbon led the squad with her three-round total of 236 (79-76-81), which was the second-best 54-hole effort of her career. Carbon tied for 23rd on the individual leaderboard.

After firing an 82 in both the first and second rounds, freshman Caitilin Rice showed incredible improvement on the final day, shooting a career-low 74. She tied for 25th overall with a total score of 238 (82-82-74).

Junior Morgan Lee posted a 54-hole total of 248 (80-83-85) to finish tied for 51st in a field of 70 total golfers. Rounding out the scoring for EWU was senior Neddy Martinez, who took 61st after carding an 82 in the first round, 88 in the second and 83 in the third.

Sophomore Sara Callagy also competed at the event, and finished with a three-round total of 276 (94-92-90).

Gonzaga took home the team title with a cumulative effort of 897 (301-303-293). Host CSU Fullerton finished second (910), while Long Beach State came in third (918). Montana's Tara Breen won the individual crown after firing a total score of 220 (74-68-78). As a team, the Grizzlies finished fourth (925), while Sacramento State took fifth (940).

The Eagles will get back to the greens on March 3-4 for the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. The event is hosted by Northern Arizona.

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