Gillette has career-best performance as Western places fifth at NSU Classic

Allison Gillette

Sept. 18, 2007

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Allison Gillette (Sr., Seattle/Ballard) shot a 3-over par 75 and tied for sixth place in medalist play, helping nationally ranked Western Washington University finish fifth among 16 teams at the Northeastern (Okla.) State University Women's Golf Classic which ended Tuesday at the Cherry Springs Golf Course.

The Vikings, ranked No.14 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Poll, had a final-round 321 for a 36-hole total of 653.

Tarleton State TX, which shot an opening-round 302, won by 16 shots at 617. Host Northeastern State (319) and St. Edwards TX (310) tied for second at 633, and Drury MO was fourth at 645 (325).

Gillette's performance was the best of her four-year career. She had a 79 Monday and finished at 10-over par 154.

"She drove the ball really well," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "She didn't have a ton of birdies, but had a lot of birdie putts, and just hit it solid the whole way around."

Western's Breanna Carmichael (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine) tied for 15th at 161 (82), with Catherine Kim (Sr., Bellevue/Skyline) tying for 25th at 165 (82) and Lianne Matkin (So., Spokane/Northwest Christian) tying for 42nd at 173 (82).

"We had a great start, descent middle and everyone threw away some shots at the end," Stephan said. "It was a good round, but we just couldn't finish it off."

Taking medalist honors at 6-over 150 was Tarleton State's Andrea Lowe (76-74). She won by one stroke over teammate Shraddhanjali Singh (73-78=151).

Western next competes in the Eastern Washington/Gonzaga Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at the Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane.