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.
Four Vikings Named to GNAC Golf All-Conference Team
Senior Jenn Paul becomes second player in GNAC history to earn four first-team awards
Women's Golf Places Four on GNAC All-Academic Team
Senior Jenn Paul leads list of Vikings with her third selection to the GNAC All-Academic Team
Vikings Finish 3rd at GNAC Championships
Junior Hannah Drake leads the Vikings with 7th-place finish
Women's Golf Inks Pair of Players for 2018-19 Season
Sarah Shea from Sequim and Brianna Esvelt fro the Tri Cities to join the WWU program
Vikings in 3rd Place at GNAC Golf Championships
Junior Hannah Drake is tied for 4th after shooting a 6-over-par 77 in Monday’s first round
Women's Golf GNAC Championships Preview
Senior Jenn Paul will close out Western career looking for strong finish in final GNAC Tournament
Women's Golf Finishes 12th at Mustang Intercollegiate
Freshman Megan Billeter leads WWU finishing in a tie for 42nd place at 8-over-par 152
Women's Golf in 13th After First Round of Mustang Intercollegiate
Freshman Megan Billeter tied for 19th after recording a career-low round of 1-over-par 73
Viking Women Finish 12th at Pioneer Shootout
Senior Jenn Paul finishes in tie for 11th with back-to-back rounds of 6-over-par 78
Women's Golf Tied For 9th After First Day of Pioneer Shootout
Senior Jenn Paul tied for 12th in 96-player field with first-round 6-over-par 78
Women's Golf Finishes 15th in Spring-Opening Tournament
WWU completes The Lancer Joust at +76 for the 36-hole tournament. Stephanie Sewell ties for 51st place.
Women's Golf in 16th Place at The Lancer Joust
Freshman Megan Billeter leads WWU in a tie for 55th place at 9-over-par 81
Women's Golf Opens Spring Season at Lancer Joust
Vikings will play three spring tournaments leading up to GNAC Championships in late April
Vikings Finish 6th at WWU Invite to Complete Fall Season
Jenn Paul turns in best round of the season with 1-over-par 74 to finish tied for 16th
Stephanie Sewell Named GNAC Golfer of the Week
Sewell tied for 7th at the Dixie State Fall Invitational