September 26, 2007

Eastern Golfer Honored as Big Sky Co-GOW

Sept. 26, 2007

Freshman Kellie Holmstedt of the Eastern Washington University women's golf team earned Big Sky Conference Co-Golfer of the Week accolades following an outstanding week of play at the MDA Invitational from Monday-Tuesday (Sept. 24-25).

Holmstedt had an exceptional set of performances, as she shot 73s in the first and third rounds and a 77 in the second. Her total score of 223 placed her third and was just six shots behind the winner, Jennifer Bermingham of UC Riverside.

"She deserves it," head coach Marc Hughes said. "She worked very hard over the summer, and she's seeing the results. I'm really happy for her because she wants herself and the team to be very good.

"Kellie has had a nice start to her college career. She's still learning, but if she continues improving, she will be a solid player for us the next four years. With all that said, this is really a special honor."

She helped lead the Eagles to their first tournament title in four years, as well. Eastern shot a 901 (298-303-300) to outlast second-place Wyoming by five shots (906, 311-294-301). The last tournament title for EWU was the Inland Empire Intercollegiate, which was played from Sept. 25-26, 2003.

The two-day, three-round tournament was played at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane and was co-hosted by Eastern Washington and Gonzaga. Thirteen teams participated, 11 of which sponsor golf at the NCAA Division I level.

The North Bend, Ore., native also saw her teammates post top-notch scores, as three of them also placed in the top 10 of the individual leader board.

"Everyone seems to be contributing at this point, and I really can't tell you who will be our top player next week," Hughes said. "Actually, I don't really care who it is as long as the team is moving forward. Anytime your team wins, I think it helps the overall group confidence. We will try to keep things on the up next week at Colorado."

Holmstedt and the Eagles will return to action from Monday-Tuesday (Oct. 1-2) at the Heather Farr Invitational. The Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club in Broomfield, Colo., will play host to that tournament.

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