FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The
Northern Arizona women’s golf team will host the 11th annual
Mountain Shootout Monday and Tuesday at Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club.
Play will start with a shotgun start Monday at 9 a.m.
“We are excited to be hosting the Mountain Shootout and playing a new venue,” said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. “The course is in nice shape. The girls are excited to play and they all get a chance to play. Coming off the win, they are looking forward to it.”
NAU shot a 296 in the final round to hold off Montana and host Gonzaga to claim the team title at the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational last week. The Lumberjacks posted a school-record 900 to win by six strokes. It was the 24th team tournament title in school history and just the third season-opening tournament win. The Lumberjacks also opened a season with a win in both 1998 and 2008.
NAU has won the team title at the Mountain Shootout held previously at both Continental Country Club and Aspen Valley Golf Club. The Lumberjacks last won the team title in 2007.
NAU will field a team that includes seniors Megan Buck and Meghan Bremer, junior Alexa Kim and freshmen Stephanie Kim and Aleah Kim. Lauren Halstead and Dakin Banta will all play as individuals.
Leclair led the Lumberjacks with an even-par 72 in the third round of the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational to finish fourth overall, five strokes off the first place total and one stroke back of a tie for second. The three-day total of 222 tied her collegiate best set twice previously at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Championships and 2009 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The round of 72 tied for her second-best collegiate effort equaled two previous times.
The field for the Mountain Shootout will include Cal-State Bakersfield, Ferris State, Grand Canyon, North Dakota State, Southern Utah and Utah Valley. Southwestern College will also field three individuals in the tournament.
The Bison roster includes freshman Amy Anderson, who won the 2009 U.S. Junior Girls Amateur championship at age 17 with a 6-and-5 victory over Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, in the match play final at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. She also won stroke-play medalist honors with a 3-under-par 141 and led the first round of stroke play at the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur in St. Louis with a 3-under 68.
Anderson, a 17-year-old freshman from Oxbow, N.D., has won her first two collegiate tournaments this fall, capturing the medalist honors at the Nebraska Chip-N Club Invitational and the Concordia Cobber Open. She broke the NDSU school record set by Kelly Weisgarber, a former Lumberjack golfer who transferred for her senior season.
“We have a big fish coming here,” said Bedortha. “She has won her first two college tournaments. She is playing great and will be fun to watch her to see how she plays. You have to be good to win the U.S. Girls so it will be fun to see it in person.”
MOUNTAIN SHOOTOUT HISTORY
1996 Weber State (323-307), Shannon Ingalls, Arizona (71-71 142)^
1997 Northern Arizona (308-322), Kelly Wilson, Wash. State (69-82 152)^
1998 Northern Arizona (292-292), Eleanor Pilgrim, NAU (70-70 140)*
1999 Northern Arizona (315-314 635), Louise Davis, NAU (72-76 148)*
2000 Iowa State (306-307), Lisa Chen, San Francisco (73-72 145)^
2002 Northern Arizona (291-309), Lauren Gray, NAU (71-73 144)*
2005 San Diego State (311-303), Megan McLeod, SDSU (73-72 145)^
2006 Cal Poly (302-304), Anna Booth, SDSU (74-74 148)^
2007 Northern Arizona (324-307), Sophia Choi, NAU (76-75 151)*
2008 Florida Southern (296-291), Heather Burgner, FSC (74-67 141)^
* Aspen Valley Golf Course
^ Continental Country Club
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