OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona's Savana Bezdicek claimed medalist honors at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational and garnered the final Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week honors for the fall season.
Bezdicek, a freshman from Colbert, Wash., shot back-to-back rounds of even-par 73 to win the tournament by one shot over three golfers, including Southern Utah's Sadie Palmer. Bezdicek birdied her final hole to secure the win.
The tournament was played Monday and Tuesday at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grand, Calif. Bezdicek didn't find out she won the tournament until she was at the airport.
"It went good and I had my ups and downs today,'' Bezdicek said. "Coach called me over at the airport and I thought I was in trouble. He told me I had just won by college tournament and my jaw dropped open. I was pretty excited.''
Bezdicek, who led the team with a 75.4 stroke average during the fall, helped NAU to a third-place finish in the 17-team tournament, which included a four Big Sky teams. NAU shot rounds of 301-314 for a 615. Gonzaga won the tournament with a 609. Southern Utah was second at 612.
This is Bezdicek's first Golfer of the Week honor. Teammate Stephanie Kim has earned the award two times this season as the Lumberjacks claimed the honor three of the nine weeks during the fall.
Annie Norman, Idaho State
Lisa Persson, Sacramento State
Sadie Palmer, Southern Utah
Amanda Snyder, Weber State
Around the Big Sky
Southern Utah's Sadie Palmer tied for second with a 147. She shot rounds of 74, 73 and helped SUU to a second-place finish.
Weber State placed fifth with a 624. Amanda Snyder led the Wildcats, tying for sixth place with a 149.
Idaho State finished in 17th with a 716. Annie Norman tied for 84th to lead the Bengals with a 176.
Sacramento State finished ninth at the Rainbow Wahine Invitaitonal, played Monday-Wednesday. The Hornets shot rounds of 316, 310 and 316 for a 936. Lisa Persson paced the Hornets, taking 32nd. Persson shot 75-75-81 for a 231. Florida International won the 12-team tournament with an 895.