After struggling in the first two rounds, Eagles post second-lowest round of the season on final day at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
The very last round of its 2012 fall season was nearly the best one to date for the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team. The Eagles fired 311 in the third round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif. But unfortunately, that effort was not enough to make up for a sub-par performance in the first and second rounds, as Eastern finished 19th out of 19 in its final event of the fall season.
Eastern posted a cumulative team effort of 969 (326-332-311). With 103 individuals, this event was the largest EWU has competed in thus far in the 2012-13 campaign. Seven of 11 Big Sky teams were represented at the two-day tournament.
Eastern’s score of 311 on the final 18 was the second-best round for the Eagles this season - and was among the top 10 scores turned in on the final day of competition at The Classic Club. All four EWU scorers shot in the 70s - an achievement reached only one other time this year.
Sophomore Caitilin Rice and senior Jayme Carbon led the way for EWU, both with top-50 performances. Rice finished with a three-round total of 238 (79-80-79), while Carbon was one stroke back at 239 (76-86-77).
Freshman Marissa Borja saw steady improvement with each round at The Classic Club, as she finished third on the Eagle squad and tied for 64th overall. Borja opened with an 84 on the first 18 holes, but shaved four strokes off that in the second round for a respectable 80. She led the team on the final day with a 77.
Freshman Maddie Dodge, who tied for 98th place on the individual leaderboard, also progressed with each round of the tournament. After turning in a 91 in the first round, Dodge carded 87 in the second and finished with a 78 on the final day.
Rounding out the lineup for EWU was freshman Taylor Anderson, who shot a 54-hole score of 257 (87-86-84).
Fresno State took home the team title with a cumulative score of 885 (291-289-305). Kathy Boehm from the College of Charleston won individual honors with her even par 216 (73-68-75). Big Sky rival Northern Arizona took seventh (928), while Montana finished three strokes back in eighth (931). Defending conference champion Northern Colorado placed 14th, followed by Southern Utah in 16th, Montana State in 17th and Weber State 18th.
Eastern now has a few months of practice ahead before diving back into competition in the 2013 calendar year. The first event of its spring season - the Lumberjack at Ocotillo - will take place Feb. 11-13 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., which is also home to the 2013 Big Sky Championship.
The Eagles finish their fall season with a 321.8 stroke average. Through 12 rounds, Borja and Carbon are both averaging 79.3 strokes per round to lead the squad. Rice, who played 10 rounds in the fall, has an eight over par average of 80.6, while the rookie Dodge is averaging 82.8 to round out the top four players.