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Women’s Golf Finishes Second at Rio Verde; Whitmer Posts Top 10

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team finished second just a stroke behind Eastern Michigan at the Rio Verde Invitational Sunday. The Lumberjacks improved their team score for the third straight day, posting a 300, the second-best score of the day.

"It was pretty intense from the get go today," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "We played great today and played all the way to the finish. To come back and almost win it, one stroke is a small margin for 54 holes. I could not be prouder of them."

NAU beat five teams ranked in the Top 100 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings including No. 51 Arkansas-Little Rock, No. 61 Western Michigan, No. 66 Michigan, No.71 Penn State and No. 93 Toledo. The Lumberjacks were No. 95 entering the week.

NAU had a three-day total of 911, one behind team champion Eastern Michigan. Michigan finished third at 913, followed by Missouri State and Penn State.

Senior Dakin Whitmer was the top finisher for the Lumberjacks, carding a one-over par 73 for the second consecutive day.

"She played great today and hit a lot of real quality shots," said Bedortha.

Whitmer finished in a tie for sixth overall, finishing at 224. She had a 78 in the first round before posting the back-to-back 73s.

"I stayed true to what I have been practicing," said Whitmer. "I got a little more confident each hole with my game."

Sophomore Stephanie Kim tied for 12th overall after recording a two-over 74. Senior Bethany Leclair and freshman Kaitlen Parsons each had rounds of 77 over the final 18 holes, finishing 15th and 25th, respectively. Alexa Kim had a 76 on Sunday.

NAU returns to action next week when it plays host to the Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam March 14-16.

Rio Verde Invitational

Rio Verde Country Club

Rio Verde, Ariz.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Eastern Michigan 294-306-310 910 +46

2. Northern Arizona 309-302-300 911 +47

3. Michigan 300-308-305 913 +49

4. Missouri State 314-310-299 923 +59

5. Penn State 306-308-311 925 +61

6. Akron 316-305-310 931 +67

7. Arkansas-Little Rock 319-310-304 933 +69

T8. Toledo 313-304-318 935 +71

T8. Cincinnati 312-315-308 935 +71

10. Ball State 323-308-308 939 +75

T11. Southern Illinois 318-322-302 942 +78

T11. Western Michigan 315-320-307 942 +78

13. Xavier 326-311-307 944 +80

14. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 316-322-308 946 +82

15. Bradley 323-314-314 951 +87

16. Ohio 344-334-322 1000 +136

17. Bowling Green State 337-341-340 1018 +154

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

T6. Dakin Whitmer 78-73-73 224

T12. Stephanie Kim 75-79-74 228

15. Bethany Leclair 78-74-77 229

25. Kaitlen Parsons 78-77-77 232

T27. Alexa Kim 80-78-76 234