Oct. 11, 2006
Boise, Idaho -
Sophomore Chloe Nelson had the top round of the tournament's final round as the Eastern Washington University women's golf team finished seventh at the Bronco Fall Invitational hosted by Boise State University at the BanBury Golf Club in Boise, Idaho. The tournament concluded on Tuesday (Oct. 10).
Eastern finished ahead of four Big Sky Conference rivals, but suffered its first defeat against league schools when Montana finished 11 strokes ahead of the Eagles in sixth place. With a three-round total of 935, Eastern finished ahead of fellow Big Sky members Portland State (11th; 956), Weber State (12th; 959), Montana State (13th; 962) and Idaho State (17th; 1026). That gives the Eagles a 15-1 record in head-to-head competition within the league.
Eastern was led by an 11th-place finish of junior Marli Mikulecky, who finished with a 226 after a one-over-par 72 on the final day. Nelson finished 20th with a 17-over-par total of 230. She was 37th after the first two rounds, but improved 17 positions with a 71 in the final round -- the best individual round of the final round.
"Marli and Chloe have been a very good one-two punch for us so far and I would look for them to continue their ways," said Eagle head coach Marc Hughes. "When we get solid contributions from the others, we are a very good team. As a team we need to get better but I feel good about things to this point."
Nebraska won the team title by eight strokes over UC Davis. Kate White from Nebraska won medalist honors with an even-par 213.
Eastern continues its fall schedule at the UNLV Founders Invitational in Henderson, Nev., On Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
"We just finished five straight tournament weeks and, to be honest, are limping a little," said Hughes. "We've been gone from Cheney 16 of the last 30 days and the kids are tired. They managed themselves very well through this stretch and we ended up playing well against the Big Sky schools. We have a huge test is Las Vegas at the end of the month and will have to be overly prepared to play our best golf. I think we have a very good team this year and if everyone contributes, we should achieve our goals."