Eastern ties with Weber State and finishes ahead of two other conference rivals, including defending Big Sky champion Northern Colorado
Behind a top-20 performance from senior Jayme Carbon and solid efforts by four underclassmen, the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team tied for 10th at the 2012 Rose City Collegiate, held Oct. 1-2 at the Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.
The Eagles turned in a cumulative score of 951 (319-312-320), which is a 12-stroke improvement from its score in the 2011 Rose City Collegiate, and bettered its 2010 effort by 40 strokes.
Eastern tied with Big Sky rival Weber State, and finished ahead of both Montana State and defending Big Sky champion Northern Colorado. After the first two rounds at Langdon Farms, Eastern was also beating host-Portland State, but the Vikings surged ahead with a strong third-round score of 311, compared to 320 for EWU.
Carbon tied for 18th on the individual leaderboard - her second-highest finish ever in a 54-hole tournament. Carbon fired a 76 in the first two rounds, and finished with a 79 on the final 18. She was among the top 10 for birdies, carding six total throughout the three rounds. She was also one of only 14 players in the field of 73 to average +2 or better on the par 3s.
Freshman Marissa Borja tied for 34th with a consistent three-round effort of 238 (78-79-81). On her heels were two more Eagle freshmen in Taylor Anderson and Maddie Dodge. Anderson finished with a 54-hole score of 242 (84-76-82) for a share of 45th place. Dodge was two strokes back after carding an 81 in the first two rounds and 82 in the third for total score of 244.
Rounding out the Eagle scorers was sophomore Caitilin Rice, who improved with each round of the tournament. She posted an 86 on her first 18 holes, but turned in an 81 in the second round and finished with a respectable 78 in the third.
Cal State Fullerton captured the team title with a three-round effort of 912 (304-305-303). Oregon State finished second (916), followed closely by Seattle in third (917). Portland State, which finished eighth on the team leaderboard, was able to celebrate an individual title, as sophomore A Ram Choi won the event with her two over par 218 (72-72-74).
Eastern will have one final competition in the 2012 fall season - the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate Oct. 13-14 in Palm Desert, Calif.