Behind a couple strong performances from its underclassmen, Eastern moves from fourth to third on final day at Prestwick Country Club
After seven tournaments this season in western United States, the Eastern Washington University women's golf team ventured to new territory for the Butler Spring Invitational in Avon, Ind.
The Eagles shot a total team score of 674 (336-338) to finish third out of six teams at the Prestwick Country Club. Eastern was just three strokes back from runner-up, Evansville, which finished at 671 (334-337). Host Butler won the event with a cumulative effort of 639 (316-323).
Eastern was in fourth place after the first 18 holes, but was able to move up one spot after beating Valparasio by 11 strokes in the second round.
Sophomore Sara Callagy turned in the best score for EWU, as she carded 166 (82-84). Callagy tied for seventh on the individual leaderboard - her highest finish as an Eagle. She picked up a total of 19 pars over the two rounds, which was among the top five performances for all players at the event.
Freshman Caitilin Rice played a huge role in Eastern's second-round surge, as she fired a team-leading 81 on that second day. Rice tied for 12th with a total score of 168 (87-81).
Senior Neddy Martinez shot an 89 on the first 18 holes and 88 on the second to help Eastern's effort at the invitational.
Eastern has just one event remaining before the Big Sky Conference Championship April 22-24. Luckily though, that one event is at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. - the same course that hosts the league tournament. The Cowgirl Classic is scheduled for April 9-11.