September 12, 2007

Nelson Earns Co-Big Sky Golfer of the Week Accolades

Eastern Washington University junior golfer Chloe Nelson was honored by the Big Sky Conference as Co-Golfer of the Week after tying for 29th place at the season-opening Ptarmigan Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. The tournament concluded on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

Nelson had a consistent three rounds of play, combining three mid-70s scores for a 225 (75-73-77). She mirrored the consistency of the team as a whole, which shot a 925 (308-309-308).

"It's always a good thing when a player wins player of the week honors in the Big Sky," head coach Marc Hughes said. "There were 20 players from our conference at Colorado State and Chloe finished the tournament 19-0 against them, so she should feel decent about her week. She was looking for a finish in the top 10 and had a chance going into the last round but didn't finish the way she wanted. That's okay, the season is young. She played the way she generally does, grinding and never throwing in the towel. For her, probably about a 6.5 on a scale of one to 10."

As a team, the Eagles finished 13th in the 20-team field and defeated each of the other Big Sky schools to participate, Portland State (14th), Weber State (19th) and Montana State (20th).

"We played about as well as I could have expected at Colorado State," Hughes said. "The field was stronger this year, and I had three players who had never played in a Division 1 tournament before. All three of them shot 75 at least once which is good. Also, as a team we fared well against the Big Sky schools and I expect it to be very competitive in our conference this year. All of that said, we have to improve in a hurry in some areas, especially putting and our wedge game. I will address those as we prepare for our home tournament in two weeks."

The Las Vegas, Nev., native earned Co-Golfer of the Week honors twice in 2006-07, on Sept. 13 and March 16. Nelson also earned honors once in the 2005-06 season. She shared this week's accolades with Northern Colorado's Jenny Henderson.

Nelson and the Eagles will next play in its only local tournament of the 2007-08 season. Eastern and Gonzaga will co-host the Inland Empire Women's Intercollegiate at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane.

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