Underclassmen Borja and Rice lead Eagles with top 20 finishes
After three days and 54 holes at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team ended up eighth out of 11 teams in its first event of the 2013 spring season.
Carding 325 in the final round of The Lumberjack at Ocotillo, the Eagles turned in a cumulative team effort of 985 (336-324-325). Eastern finished ahead of two conference rivals in North Dakota and Idaho State, but among the eight Big Sky schools competing at the event, EWU was sixth.
“This was the first tournament of the spring season, and our first time on grass in several months,” said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. “But I thought our scores were still too high, especially because a lot of the problems we had are ones that I’ve seen before.”
McNeese State won the team title by 27 strokes over second-place Northern Arizona (941). Weber State finished third (949), followed by British Columbia (955) and Big Sky newcomer Southern Utah (960).
For the Eagles, freshman Marissa Borja and sophomore Caitilin Rice both shot 78 in the third round to finish with an identical 54-hole total of 244 - good for a share of 20th place on the individual leaderboard.
Borja had recorded a 79 and 87 in rounds one and two, respectively, while Rice started with a 90 and then had quite the turnaround, posting the lowest score for an Eagle at the tournament with a 76 in the second round.
“I was proud of Caitilin’s turnaround, and I thought Marissa was solid for her first spring tournament,” said Howe. “But the issues we are having as a team are with consistency from hole to hole. We are still seeing a lot of triple and quad bogeys, and that is what’s killing us. With each team, there were 216 holes scored at this tournament. We lost 21 strokes on seven of them. That cannot happen. Those seven holes of 216 were really the difference between finishing in the upper half as opposed the bottom.”
Senior Jayme Carbon shot a three-round total of 250 (84-82-84) to finish tied for 35th.
“Watching Jayme, I think she was striking the ball as well as any player at the tournament,” said Howe. “But she is still struggling with just getting the ball in the hole for those lower scores.”
Freshman Maddie Dodge rounded out the scoring for EWU in the third round with her 85. The rookie out of Post Falls, Idaho, finished in a tie for 44th with a 54-hole total of 257 (90-82-85).
Junior Sara Callagy carded an 86 on the final 18 holes to finish fourth on the Eagle squad with a total score of 253 (83-84-86). She was 41st out of 65 total competitors.
Eastern will have a little over two weeks off before its next tournament - the Red Rocks Invitational March 2-3 in Sedona, Ariz.
|1. McNeese State||300-311-303=914 +50|
|2. Northern Arizona||316-315-310=941 +77|
|3. Weber State||327-313-309=949 +85|
|4. British Columbia||330-316-309=955 +91|
|5. Southern Utah||329-313-318=960 +96|
|6. Montana State||338-318-316=972 +108|
|7. Northern Colorado||334-315-329=978 +114|
|8. Eastern Washington||336-324-325=985 +121|
|9. Utah Valley
|10. North Dakota||359-356-350=1065 +201|
|11. Idaho State||380-360-360=1100 +236|
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS
|1. Kelsey Chugg (Weber State)
|T2. Kelsey Haynie (McNeese State)||73-77-77=227 +11|
|T2. Lina Lagergren (McNeese State)||73-80-74=227 +11|
|T2. Sadie Palmer (Southern Utah)||77-74-76=227 +11|
|5. McKayla Anderson (McNeese
|T20. Marissa Borja (2)||79-87-78=244 +28|
|T20. Caitilin Rice (3)||90-76-78=244 +28|
|T35. Jayme Carbon (1)
|T41. Sara Callagy (5)||83-84-86=253 +37|
|T44. Maddie Dodge (4)||