Vikings 5th in Regular Season Finale in Arizona

April 11, 2017

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Western Washington University women’s golf team finished in 5th place at the Mustang Intercollegiate hosted by Western New Mexico University Monday and Tuesday at Palm Valley Golf Club.

The Vikings finished with a 36-hole score of 21-over-par 597 in the regular-season-ending tournament, placing 5th in the 19-team field. WWU entered the final round in 4th place after finishing with a 9-over-par 297 in Monday’s first round, but were passed after Tarleton State turned in an even-par 288 in the final round.

“I thought we had a pretty decent day on the course, the birdies were just not falling like they did on Monday,” said head coach Bo Stephan. “We needed a few early birdies to get the round going, but it just didn’t happen. Overall I am proud of the team as everybody contributed and we hit a lot of good golf shots.”

Junior Jenn Paul (Bellingham, WA) was the highest placing Viking in a three-way tie for 7th place, finishing the tournament at even-par 144. Paul turned in rounds of 1-under-par 71 in the first round and 1-over-par in Tuesday’s final round. She heads into the GNAC Championships with a team-leading scoring average of 77.56 (+5.39 relative to par).

Senior Audrey Orem (Bellingham, WA) turned in a solid 2-over-par 74 in Tuesday’s final round to finish tied for 29th, carding 14 pars, 3 bogeys and 1 birdie for her second-best round of the season.

Sophomore Hannah Drake (Pocatello, ID/Century) and senior Brooke Branigan (Bellingham, WA) tied for 40th at 11-over-par (155), while sophomore Stephanie Sewell (Kent, WA/Kentridge) slipped to a tie for 48th place at 12-over-par (156).

California Baptist won the team competition finishing 1-over-par (577), 7 strikes better than 2nd-place West Texas A&M. Tarleton State (+10, 586) and St. Edward’s (+18, 594) rounded out the top 5 with Western Washington.

St. Edward’s Johany Rivera won individual medalist honors with rounds of 71 (-1) and 70 (-2) for a 3-under-par final score of 141, one stroke better than Anya Anders (Texas A&M – Commerce), Laura Scrivner (California Baptist) and Casey Wild (Tarleton State). The 7th-place finish for Paul marked her second top 10 finish of the season, and 13th of her career.

WWU now heads to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship held April 24-25 at Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho. Western has won five of the six GNAC Championships since the tournament debuted in 2011, having its five-year reign snapped last year finishing 2nd behind Simon Fraser.

“I think we have had a good last week and a half of practice and have a new mentality going into practice rounds,” added Stephan. “We need to keep that going. The team is in a good state of mind heading into the GNAC Championships and we are going over there with the goal win the tournament.”

Here is a complete listing of WWU’s competitors in the tournament and the team leaderboard:

MUSTANG INTERCOLLEGIATE
Palm Valley Golf Club (Par 72 – 5,900 Yards)

Pos.

Team/Player

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

5

Western Washington

+21

297

300

597

T7

Jenn Paul

E

71

73

144

T29

Audrey Orem

+8

78

74

152

T40

Hannah Drake

+11

80

75

155

T40

Brooke Branigan

+11

77

78

155

T48

Stephanie Sewell

+12

71

85

156

Pos.

Team

To Par

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1.

California Baptist

+1

291

286

577

2.

West Texas A&M

+8

295

289

584

3.

Tarleton State

+10

298

288

586

4.

St. Edward's

+18

295

299

594

5.

Western Washington

+21

297

300

597

6.

Cameron

+29

303

302

605

7.

Concordia (OR)

+40

308

308

616

8.

Regis

+41

311

306

617

9.

Montana State Billings

+44

303

317

620

 

Texas A&M Commerce

+44

307

313

620

 

Point Loma

+44

306

314

620

12.

Colorado State Pueblo

+45

317

304

621

13.

Colorado Mesa

+49

316

309

625

14.

Western New Mexico

+50

309

317

626

15.

Cal State East Bay

+51

318

309

627

16.

St. Martin's

+54

320

310

630

17.

Dixie State

+63

329

310

639

18.

MSU Denver

+68

326

318

644

19.

Hawai'i Hilo

+70

328

318

646

 

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