Eagles Head to Ocotillo for Conference Championship Tune-Up
Eastern to compete for the sixth-straight year at Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz.
2013 Wyoming Cowgirl
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Chandler, Ariz.
6,299 yards/Par 72
After a season-best second-place finish in its most recent outing, and the best 54-hole performance by an Eagle squad in the last three years, the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team is eager to get back on the links.
In its final event before the Big Sky Conference Championship, Eastern heads to the familiar Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., for the 2013 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic April 8-10.
Not only is this event played on the exact same course as the conference tournament, which takes place in two short weeks (April 21-23), but the Cowgirl Classic will feature nine of 11 Big Sky teams.
The Wyoming Cowgirl Classic is a three-day, 54-hole tournament, with a complete field fo 19 teams. In addition to the 11 Big Sky squads in tow, the tournament will include host-Wyoming, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Utah Valley, UTEP and Xavier.
Play begins Monday (April 8) and continues through Wednesday (April 10). The teams will play 18 holes each day on a par-72, 6,299-yard course. In the first round, EWU will be paired with UTEP and Boise State. Living scoring of the event is available at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3517.
This is the sixth-consecutive year EWU has competed in the conference tune-up at Ocotillo. In 2008, the Eagles won the Cowgirl Classic team trophy with a three-round effort of 912 (309-302-301). But in 2010 and 2011, EWU finished 21st out of 23 teams, and last season, the Eags took 23rd out of 24 with a team score of 964 (320-317-327).
Eastern is quite confident in its abilities this year though, having improved in each of its spring tournaments to date. In eight rounds so far in the 2013 spring season, EWU has averaged 317 strokes per round as a team, which ranks as one of the top six averages in the Big Sky.
In its most recent outing at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev. (March 11-12), the Eagles carded a three-round total of 932, which is the fifth-best score turned in by any Big Sky team this spring. It was also the lowest team score recorded by an Eagle squad in four years under head coach Brenda Howe.
Leading the charge for EWU has been freshman Marissa Borja, who averages 78.4 strokes per round. She fired a career-low 71 in the second round of the Jackrabbit Invite en route to a runner-up finish on the individual leaderboard. That was her second-straight top-five finish, as she cared a five-over par 149 (74-75) a week earlier to take fifth at the Red Rocks Invitational.
Seniors Morgan Lee and Jayme Carbon have also been solid for the Eags, averaging 78.8 and 79.6 strokes per round this season. Due to a demanding schedule as a nursing major, Lee will not be able to make the trip this weekend to Chandler, Ariz., but she will return in two weeks with the Eagles for the Big Sky Conference Championship.
Carbon has finished in the top-20 in her last two tournaments, which included a career-low 54-hole effort of 230 (76-79-75) at the Jackrabbit. Carbon will play in the No. 2 position this weekend at Ocotillo - a course she has played on seven times already in her career.
Junior Sara Callagy, sophomore Caitilin Rice and freshman Maddie Dodge will also travel this weekend for EWU.