April 10, 2013

Borja Has Top-15 Individual Finish, but Team Ends Up 15th out of 19 at Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

Freshman Marissa Borja turns in another solid performance for EWU, but Eastern not able to keep pace with rest of the field in third round at Ocotillo

After three days and 54 holes at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team ended up 15th at the 2013 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Eagles shot 317 in the third round to finish with a cumulative team effort of 963 (325-321-317).

After the first round, EWU was tied for seventh in the 19-team field, but the Eagles could not hold onto their edge, dropping to 12th on day two and slipping to 15th in the final round.

The Eagles did edge defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado, and Big Sky newcomer Southern Utah, which finished in 17th and 19th place, respectively. But there were six other conference schools in attendance that all managed to finish ahead of the Eags.

Individually though, freshman Marissa Borja was among the top Big Sky golfers at the event. The rookie out of Spring Valley, Calif., fired a three-round total of 231 (77-76-78) to finish tied for 14th on the individual leaderboard, and sixth in terms of conference players.

Borja has now led the Eagles in four-straight tournaments, all of which were top-20 finishes for the freshman.

Borja was the most consistent player for EWU during the week at Ocotillo, picking up 34 pars throughout the tournament, with just one double-bogey in 36 holes. Borja also had three birdies.

Senior Jayme Carbon had the lowest score for Eastern on Wednesday (April 10) with her five-over par 77. With a 54-hole total of 241 (83-81-77), Carbon ended up tied for 46th. She was among the top 10 players at the tournament on par 3 scoring, averaging 3.08 strokes on 11 par 3s.

Like Carbon, sophomore Caitilin Rice also posted her lowest score of the tournament in the third round. After three-straight bogeys to start the day, Rice parred seven of her next nine holes to finish with an eight-over par 80 on Wednesday. Rice tied for 69th out of 103 total competitors.

Junior Sara Callagy matched her first-round effort of 82 in the final round. She carded a total score of 248 (82-84-82) for a share of 78th place.

Callagy was among the top 15 players in terms of birdies, with six total throughout the three-day event. She was also one of the top performers on par 5s, with an exact 5.00 stroke average on those 11 holes played during the tournament.

Freshman Maddie Dodge contributed to Eastern’s team score on Tuesday, but she shot an 85 in the third round that was not counted. Dodge finished with a 54-hole total of 258 (91-82-85).

Boise State won the team title after firing a total score of 901 (307-301-293). Xavier was second at 920 (325-296-299), followed by the Big Sky's Portland State, which shot 924 (322-297-305).

The only player to finish under par, Hayley Young from Boise State took home individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 214 (71-71-72).

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