March 2, 2012

Women’s Golf Gears Up for Red Rocks Invitational

Eastern will see five other Big Sky teams at two-day event in Sedona

The Eastern Washington University golf team will head to sunny Sedona, Ariz., this weekend for the Red Rocks Invitational at the Oakcreek Country Club.

The field includes 20 total teams, five of which hail from the Big Sky Conference. In addition to host Northern Arizona, the Eagles will see Montana, Montana State, Northern Colorado and Weber State.

The event begins Saturday (March 3) with a shot gun start at 1 p.m., and will continue Sunday (March 4) at 8 a.m. Teams will play 18 holes each day on the par 72, 6,084-yard course.

This will be Eastern's second-straight year competing at the Red Rocks Invite, but for most of the Eagles in tow, it is actually a brand new event.

Last season, EWU finished 16th out of 18 teams with a cumulative team effort of 677 (331-346). But junior Jayme Carbon is the only returner for EWU who actually competed in Sedona a year ago.

The Red Rocks Invitational is Eastern's second of six events in the 2012 spring season. In its debut two weeks ago at the Folino Invite in Industry Hills, Calif., the team carded a total score of 975 (323-329-323). Carbon and freshman Caitilin Rice led the Eagles, as both players finished in the top 25 on the individual leaderboard.

Carbon fired a total score of 236 (79-76-81), which was the second-best 54-hole effort of her career. She will look to once again lead the team this weekend in Sedona.

Northern Arizona won the event last year after shooting 613 (304-309). Montana was third with a team score of 629 (315-314), while Montana State also cracked the top 10 with its two-round total of 654 (327-327).

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