Eagle Golf Kicks Off Fall Season with Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational

Eastern to face off against five other Big Sky schools in first event of 2010 campaign

The Eastern Washington University women’s golf team will stay close to home for its first tournament of the 2010 fall season, as the squad travels to Worley, Idaho for the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational on Monday (Sept. 13) and Tuesday (Sep. 14). The event, hosted by Gonzaga University, will feature 20 schools from around the region, including six from the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles will get a chance to preview Montana, Montana State, Portland State, Weber State and 2009 Big Sky Champion Northern Arizona.

The course for the event will be a 6,106-yard, par-72 layout for both days. All competitors will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday for a total 54-hole score.

“The team worked extremely hard this summer on their games and I’m excited to see how they do in a tournament situation,” said EWU head golf coach Brenda Howe. “The Gonzaga tournament will host about 20 regional teams, so it will give us a good idea of where we stand. We will also see some highly ranked teams at this event that we haven’t had a chance to compete against in the past.”

The 2010 Eagle roster features six returning lettwerwinners, as well as two newcomers in freshman Sara Callagy and junior-transfer Annie Viola. Callagy comes to EWU from Anthem, Ariz., where she was a two-time 5A-II state qualifier and the 2009 Northwest Region Player of the Year. Viola is a transfer student-athlete from Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. While at Green River CC, Viola earned runner-up honors at the 2010 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championships with her two-round total of 157 (78-79).

Highlighting the list of returners for Eastern is senior Kellie Holmstedt, who was an All-Big Sky second team honoree in 2008, and was the top performer on the squad last season with an 80.6 stroke average.

“After just a couple of days of practice, I’ve noticed the girls are a lot more consistent in their short game than they were six months ago,” said Howe. “I believe that will lead to lower scores on the course at this tournament and throughout the season.”

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