Tournament format altered due to adverse conditions on course
After enduring two wet and windy rounds at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the Eastern Washington University women's golf team finished eighth out of nine teams at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Challenge, held Thursday and Friday (March 24-25).
The event, which was originally set for a match play format covering three rounds, was switched to a standard stroke play tournament and shortened to just 36 holes due to severe weather in the area.
Despite the challenges posed by Mother Nature, the Eagles improved a few strokes from the first to second round, finishing with a total team score of 681 (342-339).
For the second tournament in a row, senior Kellie Holmstedt and sophomore Jayme Carbon carded the exact same score to finish in a tie for 26th place overall. Holmstedt recorded an 83 in the first round and an 84 the second to finish with a two-round total of 167.
Carbon improved by nine strokes in the second day of competition, and was the only Eagle to shoot below an 80 in either round of the tourney. She carded an 88-79 for a total score of 167.
Sophomore Dana Stapleton was third on the Eagle squad and 34th overall with her two-round total of 173 (84-89).
Like Carbon, sophomore Morgan Lee also cut a few strokes off her first-round score, as she finished the 36-hole event at 173 (91-87).
Host-school Cal Poly won the title with a cumulative team effort of 624 (319-305). The Mustangs were followed by Big Sky member schools Sacramento State and Montana, which finished with total team scores of 631 and 633, respectively. Sac State's Samantha Saffold won the individual trophy with her two-round total of 153 (72-81).
Next up for the Eagles is the 2011 Cowgirl Invitational April 4-5 in Chandler, Ariz. This event takes place at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, which is also the site of the 2011 Big Sky Conference Championship. Eastern will enjoy the opportunity to get familiarized with the course before returning for the league tournament April 18-20.