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April 6, 2010

Women’s Golf Resets School Record at Cowgirl Classic; Finishes Second Behind Medalist Stephanie Kim

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Freshman Stephanie Kim carded a two-over 74 to win the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort Tuesday and help the Lumberjacks post a school record en route a second-place finish in the tournament in the final tune-up for the Big Sky Conference Championships to be held April 19-21.

“Stephanie played beautifully today,” said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. “She hit good shots all day and made some putts while keeping herself composed throughout.”

Kim finished at even-par 216 to post a two-stroke victory over Britney Yada of Portland State (218), tying the school record score for three rounds set by Lauren Gray at the 2004 Big Sky Championships. She also set the single-round school mark with a four-under par 68 in the first round on Monday.

Kim’s round included three birdies, two double bogeys and one bogey. It was her second tournament victory of her initial collegiate season, becoming the fifth student-athlete in school history to win two or more tournaments in their career and just the third player and first freshman to win two tournaments in a season.

The Lumberjacks finished tied for second with Colorado State at 33-over par 897, setting a team record for three-round tournament. It improved the mark set earlier this season by the squad of 900 set at the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational during the fall season. NAU trailed only Texas-El Paso in the standings and won a scorecard playoff with Colorado State to claim second overall in the field of 23 teams.

“It was very fun to watch today,” said Bedortha. “It was an impressive effort out of the student-athletes to play that well against a good field that included seven of the eight teams in the Big Sky Conference. Our confidence is high going into the conference tournament.”

NAU plays host to the Big Sky Championships at Ocotillo in two weeks where the Lumberjacks are the defending champions in the event.

“Everyone played well,” said Stephanie Kim. “It was really fun to have everyone have a good round today.”

The Lumberjacks recorded strong play across the lineup Tuesday. Junior Alexa Kim and senior Megan Buck tied for 15th overall at 226 after rounds of two-over par 74, while junior Bethany Leclair jumped into a tie for 25th after an even-par 72. Junior Dakin Banta also posted a 74 in the third round to tie for 75th overall.

Three players played as individuals in the tournament. Freshman Aleah Kim had a 76 and finished tied for 45th, while senior Meghan Bremer posted a two-over par 74 to finish tied for 53rd. Senior Lauren Halstead had an 80 in the final round.

 

Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

Ocotillo Golf Course

Chandler, Ariz.

 

Team Results

1. Texas El Paso 299-295-289 883 +19

2. Colorado State 294-312-291 897 +33

2. Northern Arizona 301-302-294 897 +33

4. Nevada 304-294-303 901 +37

5. Portland State 295-304-303 902 +38

6. Idaho 297-311-300 908 +44

7. Montana 307-302-303 912 +48

8. Xavier 300-314-300 914 +50

9. Gonzaga 312-313-296 921 +57

10. UC - Riverside 306-319-305 930 +66

11. McNeese State 314-320-310 944 +80

12. Old Dominion 325-310-310 945 +81

13. Wyoming 312-323-315 950 +86

14. South Dakota State 315-320-317 952 +88

14. Northern Colorado 317-321-314 952 +88

16. Utah Valley 311-330-315 956 +92

17. Montana State 318-330-309 957 +93

18. Seattle University 333-322-314 969 +105

18. Southern Utah 324-317-328 969 +105

20. Weber State 322-330-322 974 +110

21. Eastern Washington 325-333-330 988 +124

21. Portland 333-331-324 988 +124

23. Idaho State 362-338-318 1018 +154

 

Individual Results (Top 10)

1. Stephanie Kim, NAU 68-74-74 216 E

2. Britney Yada, PSU 72-73-73 218 +2

3. Lauren Howell, Montana 73-69-77 219 +3

3. Lauren Hernandez, Nevada 75-74-70 219 +3

5. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho 70-75-75 220 +4

5. Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State 73-75-72 220 +4

7. Rosana Gomez, UTEP 77-73-71 221 +5

7. Shang Huang, UTEP 74-78-69 221 +5

9. Kasey Claussen, Colorado State 73-77-72 222 +6

9. Stephanie Johns, Portland State 74-74-74 222 +6

9. Teresa Nogues, UTEP 72-75-75 222 +6

 

NAU Results

T15. Alexa Kim 78-74-74 226

T15. Megan Buck 75-77-74 226

T25. Bethany Leclair 80-77-72 229

T75. Dakin Banta 82-87-74 243

 

NAU Individual Results

T45. Aleah Kim 79-80-76 235

T53. Meghan Bremer 80-83-74 237

T65. Lauren Halstead 80-80-80 240

DID YOU KNOW…Overall, 44 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, representing 14 of the 15 squads. The soccer team led the department with eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.