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Women’s Golf Tees Off Saturday in Home Event

Women’s Golf Tees Off Saturday in Home Event

Red Rocks Invitational Information

Red Rocks Invitational History

SEDONA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team will host its annual Red Rocks Invitational spring golf tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Oakcreek Country Club.

The Lumberjacks welcome 20 teams for the tournament that will include 18 holes each day of the two-day tournament. Saturday will be a shot gun start at 1 p.m., while Sunday will start at 8 a.m. with a shot gun start.

"We are excited to get back to action in the first of three straight tournaments for us," said Bedortha. "Hopefully we can get off on the right foot and keep progressing as we get closer to the conference tournament."

NAU is the two-time defending champion in the event that has been held every year since 2006. NAU won the title in 2011 with a 10-stroke victory over Western Michigan.

"I am hoping that we have learned from our last tournament and improved over the last month," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "I feel comfortable that we are moving in the right direction. If we play well, we should be able to finish in the top three or four."

Junior Stephanie Kim, who finished third a season ago in the Red Rocks tournament, returns as the most experienced player.  She finished tied for fourth after rounds of 75-76 as a freshman at the event.

"We have been working really hard since our last tournament," said Kim.  "We are excited to see how it goes. I really like the course and the greens are really tough. I have been practicing there for three years and I think the greens are the toughest we will play all season."

The Lumberjacks will field a roster with Kim and sophomore Kaitlen Parsons in the top two spots. Parsons led the Lumberjacks in the last tournament, finishing tied for 36th overall with a three-day total of 232 at the Wildcat Invitational.

Bedortha will start three freshmen in Laura Jabczenski (No. 3), Darian Spivey (No. 4) and Susana Mejia (No. 5). Freshman Melissa Olson will play the tournament as an individual.

The field for the 2012 Red Rocks Invitational will include 20 teams – host Northern Arizona, CSU Bakersfield, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Washington, Grand Canyon, Montana, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Northern Kentucky, North Dakota, Oakland, Seattle, South Dakota, Southern Utah, Utah Valley, Xavier, Weber State, Western Michigan, Western New Mexico and Wyoming.

Admission is free to the event.