Sept. 23, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women's golf team started its 2008-09 campaign at the Bulldogs and Eagles Invitational, played from Monday-Tuesday (Sept. 22-23) at The Links Golf Club in Post Falls, Idaho. The Eagles completed the tournament with a fourth-place finish.
"This was our first tournament of the year, and we played okay by our standards," head coach Marc Hughes said. "I think we are a better team than we showed, but there are never any guarantees. We need a good week of practice. We were awful on the greens, which will be a focus area for us as we prepare for Colorado."
The Eagles were led by a pair of players who placed in the top 10, Chloe Nelson and Kristina Gargaro. Nelson finished in a fourth-place stalemate with a 229 (79-75-75), while Gargaro was tied for the eighth slot with a 231 (73-80-78).
Marli Mikulecky was not far behind, as she had an outstanding final day to finish her tournament play tied for the 13th spot with a 233 (81-81-71) after entering the final round tied for 32nd.
Rounding out the Eagle quintet were Kylie Ray and Ines Pantoli. Ray tied for 40th with a 244 (81-81-82), and Pantoli was in a 44th-place stalemate with a 246 (82-83-81).
Fellow Big Sky Conference-member Portland State won the title with a 921, outlasting Cal Poly (927) and Gonzaga (930). Other Big Sky teams participating included Montana (eighth, 958), Montana State (11th, 971) and Idaho State (14th, 1010). Portland State's Stephanie Johns earned first-place individual honors with a 225 (77-78-70).
The Eagles will get right back out to the links, as the team plays at the CU Heather Farr Memorial Invitational at the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club in Broomfield, Colo., from Monday-Tuesday (Sept. 29-30). That tournament will be the second of four in consecutive weeks for Eastern Washington.