Eastern Washington University golfer Chloe Nelson was honored as the Co-Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week, sharing the honor with Sacramento State's Kim Coppin. Nelson tied for 29th in a tough field at the UNLV Spring Invitational. She had an outstanding final round, shooting a 3-under-par 69 and finished the three-day tournament with a 5-over-par 221.
Nelson's 69 on the last day was the lowest scored by an Eastern golfer since Jeanie Bagnell shot a 68 in the middle round of the three-round Inland Empire Women's Intercollegiate Golf Tournament from April 1-2, 2002.
"Just another ribbon on the wall for Chloe," head coach Marc Hughes said. "I'm really proud of how she finished the tournament. Based on her second round, I wouldn't have predicted a nine-shot improvement. She had a pretty boring 74 the first day and then on the second day, played with a sour frame of mind and ended up with a 78. She took out her anger on the range after the round and, on day three, she told me she was going to shoot zero or 100, but either way, was going to be aggressive. She finished her last round in dramatic fashion, by holing out a greenside bunker shot. That shows a lot of fight and freedom. I've seen a lot of growth and maturity in Chloe's game this year. She is rapidly learning how to play the game."
The team round of 290 on the final day was the team's lowest since shooting a 286 on the middle day of the 2004 Big Sky Conference Championships. The team nicely rebounded from shooting 317 and 301 the first two days, respectively.
"We went from sour to sweet in three rounds this week," Hughes said. "Shooting 317-301-290 shows that we are slowly getting our legs underneath us. We haven't had a great deal of time on grass this spring, so I'm pleased with our efforts. Shooting a 290 (2-over-par) can sometimes really give you a boost of confidence. That being said, we aren't where we need to be and we have a ton of work to do, because we have some tough tournaments in the near future."
The tournament took place at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., located 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas, which is also Nelson's home town.
The sophomore also earned Co-Player of the Week honors the first week of the season, on Sept. 13.
Nelson and the Eagles next return to action from March 26-27 at the Duck Invitational. That tournament will be played at the Shadow Hill Country Club in Junction City, Ore., 15 miles north of Eugene.