Before returning in two weeks, Eagles able to preview Big Sky Championship course and competition
There is probably no better way to prepare for the Big Sky Conference Championship than to play in a tournament held on the exact same course against all the same competition just two weeks before. And that is exactly what the Eastern Washington University golf team did.
Playing in this event for the fifth year in a row, the 2012 Eagle squad took 23rd at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz.
Eastern will return to Ocotillo in two short weeks for the Big Sky Conference Championships April 22-24.
There were 24 total teams competing this week at the Cowgirl Classic, including eight of nine Big Sky squads.
With only four total athletes in tow, Eastern finished a cumulative effort of 964 (320-317-327) - its lowest three-round total of the season. EWU's second-round score of 317 was its best yet in the 2012 spring season.
The Eagles were led by junior Jayme Carbon, who finished at 16 over par to tie for 53rd out of 127 total golfers. She carded 76 in the first and second rounds, before firing an 80 on day three. Carbon's total score of 232 was the second-best 54-hole effort of her career.
Fellow junior Morgan Lee was consistent throughout the three-day event, as she shot an 80 in the first round, 78 in the second and another 80 on the final 18 holes. She picked up 34 pars and had two birdies in the three rounds. Lee finished tied for 80th with her total of 238.
In the first day at Ocotillo, freshman Caitilin Rice fired a 74 - the lowest round of her career and one of the top 15 scores turned in that day. She picked up 10 pars and had four birdies in the opening round. Rice carded an 84 and 83 in the subsequent rounds to finish with a total effort of 241, which was good for a share of 90th place.
Rounding out the Eagle roster was sophomore Sara Callagy, who shot 253 (90-79-84).
Iowa took home the team title with a total score of 884 (289-301-294). Along with claiming individual medalist honors, Colorado State's Brianna Espinoza set a tournament record with her eight-under par 208. Defending Big Sky champion Portland State took third with a team score of 901 (303-294-304), while Sacramento State and Montana also cracked the top 10.