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
THE STARTING 5...WWU's lineup for the tournament will be the following:
- Jenn Paul (Jr., Bellingham, WA)
- Hannah Drake (So., Pocatello, ID)
- Stephanie Sewell (So., Kent, WA)
- Audrey Orem (Sr., Bellingham, WA)
- Brooke Branigan (Sr., Bellingham, WA)
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 tournaments...here 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 641PLAYER 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 season...here 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.
Women's Golf Places 3rd at The Northwest Shootout
Hannah Drake ties for 8th with 7-over-par 79 in one-day tournament
WWU Finishes 18th at Skyhawk West Regional Preview
Hannah Drake and Annie Leete tie for 52nd in 100-player field to lead WWU
Women's Golf in 18th Place After First Round
Vikings opened 2017-18 season with the first round of the Skyhawk West Regional Preview in Durango, Colo.
Women's Golf Opens 2017-18 Season in Colorado
Vikings will play 36 holes in the Skyhawk West Regional Preview in Durango, Colo.
Jenn Paul Finishes 16th at NCAA West Regional
Paul finishes just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships
Jenn Paul Tied for 17th at NCAA West Regional
Paul heads into final round in contention for trip to NCAA Championships
Paul Tied for 20th at NCAA II West Regional
Jenn Paul is playing as an individual at the NCAA II West Regional
Paul and Sewell Named to Golf All-GNAC Team
Jenn Paul selected to play in NCAA II West Regional as an individual
Trio of Women's Golfers Named to GNAC Academic Team
Brooke Branigan, Jenn Paul and Hannah Drake named to GNAC All-Academic Team
Women's Golf Finishes 2nd at GNAC Championships
Jenn Paul (T3rd) and Hannah Drake (5th) lead WWU to 2nd-place finish
Vikings in 2nd at GNAC Championships
Junior Jenn Paul in 2nd place at 4-over-par. Four Vikings are in tournament top 10
Women's Golf Ready for GNAC Championships
Vikings have won 5 of 6 GNAC Championships at Coeur d’Alene Resort
Jenn Paul Named GNAC Golfer of the Week
Paul finished tied for 7th at even-par at last week’s Mustang Intercollegiate
Vikings 5th in Regular Season Finale in Arizona
Jenn Paul finishes tied for 7th at even-par for the tournament
Women's Golf in 4th at Mustang Intercollegiate
Jenn Paul and Stephanie Sewell tied for 2nd in 100-player field at 1-under-par 71