Eastern records lowest team score of spring season in second and third rounds at Ocotillo
For the first time in the 2011 spring season, the Eastern Washington University women's golf team completed 54 holes on a dry, green course. The Eagles took 21st out of 23 teams at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. Eastern finished with a cumulative team score of 977 (333-322-322), while its second and third round scores of 322 marked the lowest team effort of the spring season.
Eastern will return to Ocotillo in two weeks for the Big Sky Conference championship April 18-20. EWU got a good look at its future competition, as all nine Big Sky schools were in tow for the Cowgirl Classic. Portland State won the event after compiling a total score of 871 (294-287-290). Montana also finished in the top 10, while Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Montana State and Weber State came in 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively.
Although the Eags did post one of the highest scores of all the league teams, they did edge Idaho State by a sizable margin, as the Bengals finished last with a three-round total of 997 (346-326-325). Although Eastern's overall placing was less than favorable, several members of the squad did turn in career and/or season bests at the tournament.
Senior Kellie Holmstedt got off to a blazing start, as she fired a 78 in the first round and 76 in the second round to come out of day one as one of the top 30 golfers in the field of 121. She shot an 83 in the final day of competition for a total score of 237, which was good for a share of 56th place overall.
Sophomore Morgan Lee turned in the best 54-hole performance of her career, finishing with a total score of 243 (84-84-75). She was second on the Eagle squad and tied for 82nd overall, while her third-round score of 75 marked a career-best by four strokes.
Sophomore Jayme Carbon showed steady improvement throughout the tournament, as she carded an 86 in the first round, 82 in the second and 81 in the third. Her total score of 249 was good for a share of 98th place.
Sophomore Dana Stapleton shot 253 (85-80-88) to finish 109th out of 121 total golfers, while junior Annie Viola was a few strokes back at 260 (89-88-83). Viola also improved with each round to take 115th overall.
Before returning to Chandler, Ariz., for the conference championship, Eastern will have one more event, and this one is a bit closer to home. The Eags will compete in the Gonzaga Spring Invitational on April 10 at the Liberty Lake Golf Course, just 33 miles east of Cheney.