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Women’s Golf Posts 309 at Cowgirl Classic

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team recorded five rounds in the 70s in the first round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic to post a 309 team score, tying for 14th overall after the first round at the Ocotillo Golf Club.

Junior Stephanie Kim led the Lumberjacks with a 76, carding a four-over par round including a back nine one-over par 37 helped by a birdie on the finishing hole to tie for 37th overall. Sophomore Kaitlen Parsons carded 37 on the front nine followed by a 40 on the back to finish a stroke back with a five-over par 77. Freshman Melissa Olson tied her teammate by recording her collegiate-best with a 77 in the first round.

"We did not play that bad," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "There were just some little ones here and there that made all the difference. There was some improvement and we made some steps in the right direction."

Freshman Laura Jabczenski and Susana Mejia are two strokes back after posting 79s in the first round. Jabczenski was seven-over par at the turn before finishing the back nine in even par with just one bogey and one birdie surrounded by seven pars. The 79 tied the low round by Mejia this season.

The 309 team equaled the second-best round of the season by the team and is the lowest team score in six tournaments and 15 rounds dating back to the tournament hosted by Wyoming the fall, the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Invite.

The Lumberjacks continue action Tuesday with the second round. Ocotillo Golf Club serves as the host of the Big Sky Conference Championships starting April 22.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Iowa 289 +1

2. Colorado State 292 +4

3. Sacramento State 294 +6

4. Nevada 295 +7

T5. Seattle 298 +10

T5. Xavier 298 +10

7. Southern Utah 300 +12

8. UTEP 301 +13

9. Portland State 303 +15

10. Wichita State 304 +16

T11. New Mexico State 305 +17

T11. Boise State 305 +17

13. Northern Colorado 306 +18

T14. Northern Arizona 309 +21

T14. Wyoming 309 +21

16. Montana 310 +22

17. Santa Clara 311 +23

18. Montana State 312 +24

19. Weber State 313 +25

T20. UC Riverside 317 +29

T20. South Dakota State 317 +29

22. Eastern Washington 320 +32

23. Utah Valley 326 +38

24. Creighton 343 +55

NAU RESULTS

T37. Stephanie Kim 76

T52. Kaitlen Parsons 77

T52. Melissa Olson 77

T76. Laura Jabczenski 79

T76. Susana Mejia 79