September 24, 2007

Eagle Golf Leads MDA Invitational after Two Rounds

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Sept. 24, 2007

Following two rounds and one day of play at the MDA Invitational, the Eastern Washington University women's golf team leads the 13-team tournament with a team score of 601 (298-303).

The Eagles have three golfers in the top six of the tournament, contested at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane and co-hosted by Eastern Washington and Gonzaga.

In the team standings, EWU leads Cal Poly and Wyoming by four strokes apiece. Two shots behind those two teams is UC Riverside.

"Obviously, I'm pleased with where we are at," head coach Marc Hughes said. "It's not a 36-hole golf tournament though; it's a 54-hole tournament. We have 18 holes to see where we're really at. We have a young team, and it's a good test. It will be good for them to have some pressure on them in the last round - we may need that later in the year.

"All in all, it was a team effort today. We put ourselves in a position to win the tournament, which was one of our goals coming in. We'll try to get some hardware to bring back to Cheney."

Currently sitting in third place is freshman Kristina Gargaro with a 148 (73-75). Right behind her, tied for fourth, is junior Chloe Nelson (149, 75-74), while in sixth is freshman Kellie Holmstedt (150, 73-77).

Rounding out the Eagle players are juniors Marli Mikulecky, who is tied for 24th with a 156 (77-79), and Ines Pantoli, who has a 159 (82-77) and is in a 37th-place stalemate.

The individual leader of the tournament is UC Riverside's Jennifer Bermingham, who is shooting a 143 (72-71). In second is Hannah Brabb of Cal Poly with a 147 (76-71).

The tournament concludes with a single round on Tuesday (Sept. 25). Play will begin at 8 a.m.

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