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March 16, 2011

Women’s Golf Shatters School Scoring Mark, Wins Fourth Tournament

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team won their fourth tournament of the year aided by the performance by co-medalist Bethany Leclair to win the Lumberjack Shootout at Wigwam on Wednesday.

"It was an amazing performance," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "Everyone played well. It was awesome."

NAU has won the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational, the Cal Poly Lamkin Grip Women's Invitational, the Red Rocks Invitational titles this season. The Lumberjacks also finished one stroke back at the Rio Verde Invitational, missing the chance at a three-tournament winning streak over the last month.

"To put three tournaments together like we did and be a shot away from winning three straight tournaments is great," said Bedortha. "The girls handled the situation beautifully playing with some teams ranked ahead of us today."

NAU shot a seven-over par 871 for the three-day event, posting rounds of 287-292-292 to break the school record by 26 strokes. The previous mark of 897 came last season at the 2010 Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational. All three rounds ranked among the top 10 single-round performances in school history and the opening round 287 was the second-best round in the record books, trailing only the 285 shot at the Grand Canyon Invitational in 2009.

"To break the school record by that large of a margin I could not have imagined," said Bedortha. "It was fun."

The Lumberjacks were 14 strokes ahead of the field, defeating both Florida International and Indiana who tied for second at 885. Eastern Michigan was fourth at 888 and Tarleton State was fifth at 890.

Leclair tied with Carla Cooper of Tarleton State at one-under par 215 for co-medalist honors. She posted rounds of 73-71-71 to win the first tournament of her career. The finishing rounds of 71 were the second-best rounds carded by Leclair in her career,

"She had a birdie on the last hole to win it and just missed it and had to make a six-footer coming back," said Bedortha. "She played great all three days."

Freshman Kaitlen Parsons tied for fifth overall at one-over par 217, one stroke ahead of senior Alexa Kim who finished at two-over 218 in a tie for seventh.

Sophomore Stephanie Kim finished with a 79 to tie for 19th, while senior Dakin Whitmer was tied for 38th with a 76 in the final round.

Freshman Jessie Joachim was the top finishing individual at 12-over par 228 with rounds of 76-74-78.

The Lumberjacks are not in action again until the Cowgirl Classic April 4-5.