FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University's golf team is slated to compete at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate tournament in Palm Desert, Calif. The two-day tournament will begin on October 12th concluding on the 13th.
"We are just trying to get back on track and play better golf," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "We've had some good practices and we have a good team, we just need to play better."
The Lumberjacks continue play having already competed in two other competitions this season in the Oral Roberts Shootout and the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The team will look to improve after facing some struggles as a result of some inconsistent play.
"Overall we just need execution of shots; it's a lot of little things that would make our scores higher," said Bedortha.
The Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate tournament will allow the Lumberjacks to play against some familiar competition with six out of the field of 20 teams being conference opponents. Big Sky teams competing include Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah and Weber State.
"There will be familiar faces with players and coaches so it's comfortable from that level and it gives us a chance to see what they have," said Bedortha.
The Lumberjacks have shown that they are capable of competing with anyone when they play to their potential. This has been proven true in their two previous tournaments as the team was able to bounce back from some less than impressive rounds with some strong play.
NAU golf has been led by the team's lone senior Kaitlen Parsons who currently leads the team with a 77.67 scoring average. The team will need the senior to be more effective if the team's play is to improve. Sophomore Savana Bezdicek will look to get back on track after struggling in the first two tournaments. Bezdicek, the 2013 Big Sky Freshman of the Year, excelled during this segment of the season last year and will be looking to get back to that level of play.
"They just need to play better and I am confident that they will step up and do that," said Bedortha. "It's not a situation where we are worried we just need to play a little better. "
The Lumberjacks will tee off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. local time on both days. Live stats are not available for this tournament. Daily updates will be available via Twitter @NAUGolf, Facebook "NAU Golf" and nauathletics.com.