Women’s Golf Hosts Hilton Garden Inn Mountain Shootout on Monday

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NAU women's golf team will play host to the 2010 Hilton Garden Inn Mountain Shootout at the Forest Highlands Golf Club Meadows Course in Flagstaff Sept. 20-21. The action will start on Monday with tee times starting at 9 a.m., while play on Tuesday will start with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. Admission to the tournament is free.

"It should be a fun tournament," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "The players will love playing Forest Highlands and have a great experience. We are ready for it and we hope to make it two in a row."

NAU is the defending champion for the tournament in its 13th year since its debut in 1996. The Lumberjacks have won their fall tournament six times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009). The Mountain Shootout was held at Flagstaff Ranch Golf Course last season.

The field for the 2010 Hilton Garden Inn Mountain Shootout will include CS Bakersfield, California Baptist, Grand Canyon, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Utah Valley with individuals from the University of Arizona. Overall, the field will have 43 players.

Northern Arizona is coming off a tournament win earlier this week after shooting rounds of 302-299-304 for a 905 team score to defend their team title at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational. The Lumberjacks won a tiebreaker against Brigham Young, which also finished at 905. The 54-hole tournament was played on Monday and Tuesday at the Circling Raven Resort in Worley, Idaho.

NAU will start a lineup including seniors Dakin Whitmer and Alexa Kim.

Whitmer was an All-Big Sky second-team selection in 2010, playing in 23 rounds with a career-best 77.5 stroke average, the fourth-best total on the team. She tied for second at the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational, posting a collegiate-best 143 for 36 holes and finished eighth at the Red Rocks Invitational with back-to-back rounds of 77.

"Dakin is vital for us right now both on and off the golf course," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "She has been a role model for the younger players. She has struggled a little but she is playing better than what the scorecard is showing. She has the ability to be really good for us and we need her to play well to be successful this year."

The Lumberjacks play in three more tournaments during the fall campaign.