April 2, 2008
With the announcement of Chelsey Lollar as the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week on Wednesday (April 2), the Eagles have seen five different Eagles earn GOW accolades this season. Never before in league history has a team ever had even four separate players from the same team earn league honors.
The senior, who earned the weekly honors for the first time, finished in a sixth-place tie at the NCAA West Regional Preview in Lincoln, Calif., from March 31-April 1 and helped lead the Eagles to a tie for eighth place with Colorado.
She shot a 220 over the three rounds (74-72-74) and finished in the top six at a tournament for the first time ever. It also marked the first time since the BYU Dixie Classic from April 3-5, 2006, that she had led the team in scoring.
"I am really happy for her," head coach Marc Hughes said. "She was able to put a poor outing last time behind her and have one of, if not the best, tournaments of her career at Eastern. She is a great kid, and this is long overdue."
Lollar now joins Marli Mikulecky (March 14), Kristina Gargaro (Nov. 1), Kellie Holmstedt (Sept. 26) and Chloe Nelson (Sept. 12) as Eastern players to be named BSC Golfer of the Week in 2007-08. Those five players comprise the Eastern squad expected to participate at the Big Sky Championship from April 21-23.
Incredibly, the five Eagles tie Portland State's 2005 squad for most-ever GOW awards. And that year it was one Viking who had earned all five honors, Sarah Tiller.
"It's nice to know that any one of your players can step up and have a big week," Hughes said. "As a team, we are still working out the rust and have a lot of work to do, but it's nice to know that we are not dependent on one or two players. Any one of these kids can be the best player on the team in any given week."
Eastern Washington will play its last full tournament of the regular season Monday-Tuesday (April 7-8) at the Cowgirl Classic Invitational, which takes place at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.