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Women’s Golf Hosts Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam, Whitmer Earns Big Sky Honor

First and Second Round Tee Times (PDF)

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona University women's golf team will play host to the 2011 Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz., March 14-16. All three rounds will feature morning tee times, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Lumberjacks are playing in Arizona for the third consecutive tournament, winning the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona Feb. 25-26 and finishing second at the Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz., last weekend.

"We are playing well and hope to continue the positive momentum," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "Everyone is excited how we are playing and look forward to competing again."

This is the inaugural Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam and one of three tournaments hosted by the Lumberjacks this spring. NAU will also host the Big Sky Championships at Ocotillo Golf Course in Chandler next month.

The field for the 2011 Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam will include 14 teams – host Northern Arizona, Akron (116), Bradley (129), British Columbia, Eastern Michigan (125), Florida International, Grand Canyon, Indiana (64), McNeese State (185), Montana (98), Northern Colorado (196), Portland (169), Tarleton State and Weber State (197).

Northern Arizona is ranked No. 86 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The Lumberjack Shootout has three teams overall ranked in the Top 100 in the latest edition of the rankings, including No. 64 Indiana and No. 98 Montana.

The Lumberjacks finished second just a stroke behind Eastern Michigan at the Rio Verde Invitational last weekend and 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.

Senior Dakin Whitmer was the top finisher for the Lumberjacks, carding a one-over par 73 for the second consecutive day. She was selected the Black Clover Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week after tying for sixth at the Rio Verde Invitational.

"She has really worked on her golf game a lot this spring," said Bedortha. "We have made some changes in her golf swing and she has really bought into it. She shot a 73 in the final round last week and said she has never played with as much confidence in the final round in her life. She is very comfortable and confident."

Whitmer, a senior from Yuma, Ariz., fired rounds of 78, 73, 73 for a 54-hole total of 224. The tournament was played March 4-6 on the White Wing Golf Course in Rio Verde, Ariz. Whitmer finished six shots behind medalist Catherine Dolan of Missouri State.

This is the inaugural Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam and one of three tournaments hosted by the Lumberjacks this spring. NAU will also host the Big Sky Championships at Ocotillo Golf Course in Chandler next month.

DIRECTIONS...

From the East Valley:
Take I-10 West (past 101 Loop interchange) to the Litchfield Road exit. Turn right (north) on Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard. Turn right on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout - turn left at the roundabout if The Golf Club or Red Allen's is your final destination. The Wigwam hotel entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you past the elementary school. Self parking is on the right after you enter the main gates, or you are invited to valet park at the arrival court.

From North Scottsdale:
Take Loop 101 West (towards stadiums, not the airport) to Camelback Road, exit 5. Turn right (west) on Camelback Road approximately 5 miles to Litchfield Road and turn left. Take Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard (approximately a mile). Turn left on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout - turn left at the roundabout if The Golf Club or Red Allen's is your final destination. The Wigwam hotel entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you past the elementary school. Self parking is on the right after you enter the main gates, or you are invited to valet park at the arrival court.

From West Valley & Los Angeles:
Take I-10 East to the Litchfield Road exit. Turn left (north) on Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard. Turn right on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout - turn left at the roundabout if The Golf Club or Red Allen's is your final destination. The Wigwam hotel entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you past the elementary school. Self parking is on the right after you enter the main gates, or you are invited to valet park at the arrival court.