FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's women's golf team will host the Red Rocks Invitational this weekend in Sedona, Ariz. This weekend will mark the ninth time the tournament will be held dating back to 2006. The teams will tee-off at 9:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Oakcreek Country Club.
"We're very excited with it being our home course," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "There hasn't been a lot of down time with us having played earlier this week but luckily we are coming off a positive performance."
The Lumberjacks are coming off a great performance at the Grand Canyon Invitational where the team was able to come away with a portion of a first place team finish sharing with Santa Clara University. Junior Brittany McKee led the way shooting rounds of 73, 75 and 76 at the tournament on the way to a tie for first place in addition to a Big Sky Golfer of the Week award. NAU will be looking to ride the momentum gained from the Grand Canyon Invitational into its first home tournament.
"I feel comfortable where they are individually with their game," said Bedortha. "We put in some individual work this week to touch on a few things, so I like where we are right now."
Lumberjack golf hasn't won the Red Rocks Invitational since the team won two consecutive titles in 2010 and 2011. Bedortha's group will be looking to defend their home course and regain the Red Rocks championship.
In the history of the Red Rocks Invitational there has yet to have been a NAU athlete to win the tournament individually. Sophomore Savana Bezdicek is the only current Lumberjack that is in the record books of the tournament. Bezdicek is tied for the fifth-best two-round total as she shot rounds of 75 at the tournament during her freshman campaign.
A total of eighteen universities will be represented at the tournament. Of the teams Xavier University is the top-ranked opponent coming in. Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, North Dakota, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State are the Big Sky schools that will be competing this weekend.
"The competition will definitely be stiffer than the last tournament," said Bedortha. "I'm excited to see how we will fair against some stronger teams."