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Women’s Golf Posts Victory at Red Rocks Invite, Place Four in Top 10

Red Rocks Invitational Results (PDF)

SEDONA, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's golf team won the Red Rocks Invitational for the second consecutive season posting a 10-stroke victory over 60th-ranked Western Michigan Saturday at the Oakcreek Country Club.

"We played very well," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "It is very rewarding. The team put in a lot of work the last couple of weeks and it paid off for them. It was awesome."

The Lumberjacks entered the day with a nine-stroke lead and held off Western Michigan after posting the low score of the day at 309 for a two-day total of 613 at 37-over par for the 36-hole tournament.

Senior Alexa Kim finished a team-best second overall at seven-over par 151 after carding a four-over 76 in the final round.

"I kept my driver on the fairway and had good irons into the greens today," said Kim. "My putting was not good and I had some bogeys. Overall, I think it was a great tournament. We practiced really hard and focused on what we needed to work on and everyone was comfortable with their swings."

She beat teammate Stephanie Kim, who was third overall and one stroke back after recording a three-over par 75 on Saturday.

Lauren Hernandez of Nevada won medalist honors with an even-par 72 in the final round to win by one stroke. She finished at six-over par 150 for the tournament. The 72 is tied for fourth best round in tournament history and second best overall score (three tied at 71) and her 150 two-day score was tied for ninth best in tournament history.

Big Sky rival Montana finished third overall at 629, followed by Nevada (637) and Toledo (643).

Seniors Dakin Whitmer and Bethany Leclair tied for 10th overall. Whitmer, the first round leader after a one-over par 73 in the first round, finished with an 83, while Leclair posted rounds of 79 and 77. Freshman Kaitlen Parsons was tied for 30th with scores of 83-81. Freshman Catherine Benscoter and Jessie Joachim played as individuals in the tournament. Benscoter had rounds of 85-84 to tie for 50th and Joachim carded an 87 and 85, tying for 72nd overall.

The Lumberjacks return to action March 4-6 at the Rio Verde Invitational hosted by Western Michigan in Rio Verde, Ariz. NAU finished 11th in the event last season.

"I am really excited for next weekend to see how we compete there," said Bedortha.

Red Rocks Invitational

Oakcreek Country Club

Sedona, Ariz.

Team Results

1. Northern Arizona 304-309 613 +37

2. Western Michigan 313-310 623 +47

3. Montana 315-314 629 +53

4. Nevada 318-319 637 +61

5. Toledo 325-318 643 +67

6. Eastern Michigan 322-327 649 +73

7. Grand Canyon 321-329 650 +74

8. Montana State 327-327 654 +78

9. Northern Colorado 335-323 658 +82

T10. Southern Utah 331-333 664 +88

T10. Utah Valley 336-328 664 +88

12. Weber State 333-332 665 +89

13. North Dakota State 329-338 667 +91

14. USC Upstate 335-333 668 +92

15. Portland 338-333 671 +95

16. Eastern Washington 331-346 677 +101

17. Idaho State 352-351 703 +127

18. So. Dakota 365-365 730 +154

 

Individual Results (Top 10)

1. Lauren Hernandez, Nevada 78-72 150 +6

2. Alexa Kim, Northern Arizona 75-76 151 +7

3. Stephanie Kim, Northern Arizona 77-75 152 +8

4. Britney Hamilton, Western Michigan 80-73 153 +9

5. Leah Grawburg, Western Michigan 75-79 154 +10

T6. Leslie McGetrick, Montana State 78-77 155 +11

T6. Erica Rivard, Toledo 77-78 155 +11

T6. Carissa Simmons, Montana 78-77 155 +11

T6. Lauren Howell, Montana 76-79 155 +11

T10. Olivia Weber, Montana 79-156 +12

T10. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State 76-80 156 +12

T10. Bethany Leclair, Northern Arizona 79-77 156 +12

T10. Dakin Whitmer, Northern Arizona 73-83 156 +12

Other NAU Results

T30. Kaitlen Parsons 83-81 164 +20

T50. Catherine Benscoter* 85-83 168 +24

T72. Jessie Joachim* 87-85 172 +28
* Individual

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