Eastern Washington Concludes Tournament on High Note

March 14, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's golf team completed play at the UNLV Spring Invitational on Wednesday afternoon (March 14) with a strong final round to improve on its play the previous two days. The tournament, played at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., saw the Eagles move up to 17th after sitting in 18th the initial two rounds.

Eastern rallied impressively from a round of 317 on Monday (+29) to shoot a 301 the next day and a 290 the final round. The Eagles' final-round score was the eighth-best of the day. The tournament saw six top-50 squads participate, including the tournament champion, No. 14 BYU. The Cougars recorded a score of 847, while second-place and 15th-ranked New Mexico shot 857 over the three-day event to finish 10 strokes back.

Leading the Eagles on the links was Chloe Nelson, who shot a 221 (74-78-69) to tie for 29th place. She tied for the sixth-best showing of the final day with her score of 69. That score is also the lowest earned by an Eagle player in 2006-07. The next Eastern player on the leader board was Marli Mikulecky, who shot a 227 (82-72-73). She finished tied for the 56th slot.

Sheena Prante placed herself in a 68th-place tie with a score of 230 (75-77-78), Eva Yoe was two strokes back at 232 (86-74-72) and tied for 76th place, while Katie Kofmehl improved impressively on the final day and recorded a total score of 245 (86-83-76). She finished in the 91st slot.

There were no Big Sky Conference teams participating in the tournament. Local schools Idaho and No. 50 Washington State finished in third (859) and eighth (881), respectively, while Boise State placed 16th with a score of 907.

The Eagles will return to action near the end of the month, when Eastern will travel west to play in the Duck Invitational from March 26-27. That tournament will be played at the Shadow Hill Country Club in Junction City, Ore., 15 miles north of Eugene.

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