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Women’s Golf Wins Second Tournament in a Row

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women’s golf team posted a three-stroke victory over Utah Valley to win the 2009 Mountain Shootout held at Flagstaff Ranch Golf Course Tuesday. The Lumberjacks shot a 317 team score to finish at 628 for the 36-hole tournament.

Senior Meghan Bremer had the low round of the day for the Lumberjacks, posting a four-over par 76 to help the team win its second consecutive tournament title. NAU also won the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational hosted by Gonzaga. It is the fourth time in school history the team has won back-to-back tournament titles.

“It feels great especially here in Flagstaff,” said Bremer. “The girls played hard and the golf course played difficult. I am glad we pulled it off.”

Bremer, who started the day tied for seventh, was the top finisher in second alone for NAU at nine-over par 153 with rounds of 77 and 76. She finished behind North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson, who carded a two-under par 70 Tuesday to finish at even par 144 for the two rounds.

Bremer was a late replacement for Bethany Leclair, who qualified for the top lineup spot but did not play due to injury.

“Last week I did not have my game there,” said Bremer. “I feel bad that Bethany did not get to play but I am glad I was able to play in the top five. It always feels better to contribute.”

Senior Megan Buck, who was tied for the lead with Anderson after the first round, finished tied for third overall at 154 after posting an 80. Junior Alexa Kim tied for seventh at 157 with a second-round 79. Freshmen Aleah Kim and Stephanie Kim recorded rounds of 82 for the second consecutive day, tying for 23rd overall.

Junior Dakin Banta also tied for 23rd at 164, improving with a 79 in the second round. Senior Lauren Halstead tied for 32nd with an 81.

Anderson, a 17-year-old freshman from Oxbow, N.D., has now won her first three collegiate tournaments this fall, capturing the medalist honors at the Nebraska Chip-N Club Invitational, the Concordia Cobber Open and the NAU Mountain Shootout. She won the 2009 U.S. Junior Girls Amateur championship this past summer.

“It feels good,” said Anderson. “It did not really know what to expect or what the college players were going to be like. I came out here and played my game and I have been playing well. I was fortunate today. I did not hit the ball that great today but the ball was falling in the hole.”

NAU will look for its third consecutive tournament title at the Grand Canyon Invitational starting Sept. 28.

NAU Mountain Shootout
Flagstaff Ranch GC
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Team Results
1. Northern Arizona 311-317 628 +52
2. Utah Valley 313-318 631 +55
3. Ferris State 319-318 637 +61
4. Southern Utah 310-328 638 +62
5. Cal State Bakersfield 321-318 639 +63
5. North Dakota State 315-324 639 +63
7. Grand Canyon 315-326 641 +65

Individual Results (Top 10)
1. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State 74-70 144 E
2. Meghan Bremer, Northern Arizona 77-76 153 +9
3. Jenna Barnett, Cal State Bakersfield 78-76 154 +10
3. Megan Buck, Northern Arizona 74-80 154 +10
5. Blaize Baumgartner, Ferris State 75-81 156 +12
5. Sadie Palmer, Southern Utah 75-81 156 +12
7. Ashley Swanson, Ferris State 78-79 157 +13
7. Ashley Neal, Cal State Bakersfield 83-74 157 +13
7. Alexa Kim, Northern Arizona 78-79 157 +13
7. Abbie Archibald, Utah Valley 80-77 157 +13
7. Brittany Butler, Utah Valley 77-80 157 +1