Vikings Back On The Course at Otter Invitational

March 17, 2017

We are looking forward to this tournament. It has been a great field on an amazing golf course. We've had a hard couple of weeks with practice and final exams, and I think the team is excited to have a tournament during their spring break with no obligations other than playing golf.

     -- Bo Stephan

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The Western Washington University women's golf team returns to the links early next week for the Otter Invitational at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club (Bayonet Course) in Seaside, California. The two-day, 36-hole tournament is hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay.

THE STARTING 5...WWU's lineup for the tournament will be the following:
  1. Jenn Paul (Jr., Bellingham, WA)
  2. Hannah Drake (So., Pocatello, ID)
  3. Stephanie Sewell (So., Kent, WA)
  4. Audrey Orem (Sr., Bellingham, WA)
  5. Brooke Branigan (Sr., Bellingham, WA)
HOW TO FOLLOW...the tournament will feature a live leaderboard via BirdieFire.

TOURNAMENT FIELD...the Otter Invitational features a tough 18-team field composed almost entirely of West and South Central Region foes...the Vikings will be going up against Academy of Art, Midwestern University, Dominican (CA), Montana State Billings, Colorado Mesa, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State East Bay, Saint Martin's, Tarleton State, Chico State, Concordia (OR), Sonoma State, California Baptist, Holy Names, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Merrimack...WWU finished runner-up at the Otter Invitational last season, posting a 36-hole score of 46-over-par 622 on the Blackhorse Course.

COACH STEPHAN...head coach Bo Stephan is in his 12th season leading the WWU women's golfe program...four-Time GNAC Coach of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)...led WWU to the GNAC Tournament Championships title in five consecutive seasons from 2011-2015 (2nd place in 2016)...coached the GNAC scoring average leader each season since 2011...guided Vikings to the NCAA West Regional in 8 of 11 seasons.

TEAM STATS...the Vikings have played in seven tournaments so far in the 2016-17 season, and two during the spring season...have a scoring average of 28.29 over par for the 14 rounds...have three top-5 finishes in the seven is a look at the results for each tournament:
Tournament                         FINISH     REGION   SCORES
WNMU Fall Intercollegiate           10- 20      9- 17  305  307             612
Saint Martin's Invitational          3- 11      3- 10  327                  327
Western Washington Invitational      4- 14      2- 11  319  303             622
Sonoma State Fall Preview            7-  9      6-  8  327  311             638
Dennis Rose Invitational             3-  6      2-  5  307  307  335        949
PLNU Reach 2017                      6- 15      6-  8  325  326             651
Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout         6- 14      4- 11  316  325             641
PLAYER STATS...junior Jenn Paul leads the team with a socring average of 78.21, the 6th-best scoring average in the GNAC...sophomore Stephanie Sewell is right behind Paul with scoring average of 78.86, 10th-best in the GNAC...Paul has recorded six top-20 finishes in her seven tournaments this is a look at the team scoring averages:
                          No    No    Avg.     Vs. Low  In  Par or   Fin.        Best
 Name                 Yr Tour  Rds.  Score     Par Rd.  60s better   Pct.  Wins  Fin.
 Jenn Paul            JR   7  14.0   78.21   +6.00  73   0     0    77.8%    0   T  4
 Stephanie Sewell     SO   7  14.0   78.86   +6.64  73   0     0    67.4%    0   T  5
 Audrey Orem          SR   7  14.0   80.71   +8.50  72   0     1    58.2%    0   T 13
 Brooke Branigan      SR   5  10.0   81.90   +9.60  77   0     0    42.4%    0   T 11
 Hannah Drake         SO   5  11.0   82.55  +10.36  75   0     0    43.6%    0   T 22
 Nicole Miller        SO   5   9.0   83.22  +10.89  73   0     0    42.9%    0   T 19

GNAC GOLFER OF THE WEEK...senior Audrey Orem and sophomore Stephanie Sewell have earned GNAC Golfer of the Week honors this season:

  • Sept. 19-25: Audrey Orem - Orem led Western Washington at the season-opening Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate, tying for 19th place at 7-over-par 151. She finished with a low round of even-par 72 on the second day of competition. 
  • Oct. 24-30: Stephanie Sewell - Sewell led GNAC golfers as she tied for 11th at the Dennis Rose Invitational in Hawaii with a three-round score of 236. She had a low round of 74 in the opening round.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS...the Vikings will travel to Goodyear, Arizona for the Mustang Intercollegiate at Palm Valley Golf Club April 10-11 for the final regular-season tournament of the season...the GNAC Championships will be held April 24-25 at the Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort.


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