March 2, 2014

Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season With Impressive Showing At Red Rocks Invitational

Sedona, Ariz. – The Eastern Washington women's golf team kicked off its spring season in exciting fashion, finishing tied for sixth at the Red Rocks Invitational on Mar. 1-2.

EWU found itself in 12th after the first day but had a fantastic showing on the second day, firing a team score of 297 to climb into a tie for sixth place with Wichita State.

Eastern finished eighth at the Red Rocks Invitational a season ago.

"I'm beyond thrilled with how the girls responded today," head coach Brenda Howe said. "I was okay with our score on the first day considering our lack of practice time on real grass as well as the rainy weather. Today's performance was fantastic, and it was great to be able to sit back and watch a lot of great golf. I give 100 percent of the credit to the girls, and I don't think we could have had a better start to our spring season."

Junior Taylor Crandall finished tied for ninth after shooting a two-round total of 149 (+5) while sophomore Marissa Borja finished tied for 17th after recording a -2 under par on the second day for a two-round total of 152 (+8).

Junior Caitilin Rice finished just outside the top 20, recording a two-round total of 153 (+9) after scoring a 73 (+1) on the second day.

The Eagles' team score of 616 was six strokes better than last year's score and saw EWU finish third among seven Big Sky teams. Sacramento State finished second while Northern Arizona came in third.

Eastern's second-round total of 297 was tied for the second-lowest team total on Day Two. EWU was one of only three teams to shoot below 300 on the second day.

The Eagles are back in action next weekend at the Bucknell Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. The two-day invite begins on Monday, Mar. 10.

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