RIO VERDE, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's women's golf team completed play at the Rio Verde Invitational this weekend. NAU finished tied for fifth place with Western Michigan after shooting rounds of 304, 314 and 303.
The Lumberjacks' round of 303 on the final day of competition was their best performance as a team this weekend. Led by the hot shooting of Jacquie LeMarr NAU was able to improve from seventh to fifth place to end the tournament. LeMarr's play has been impeccable as of late. The sophomore finished in a two-way tie for third place individually after putting together rounds of 73,75 and 74 in succession.
"Jacquie has been playing great," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "She was in control of her game and emotions all weekend and it has been fun to watch her compete."
Kaitlen Parsons also had a strong tournament finishing ninth individually. The senior shot rounds of 72,77 and 76 to help the Lumberjacks compete against some stiff competition. Susana Mejia's (81-80-75) play improved dramatically on the final day shooting a 75 to close out the tournament.
"Susana stepped up big for us and played well today," Bedortha said. "She was smiling and enjoying herself and that attitude showed in her game."
Also improving for NAU was Brittany McKee (83-82-78) whose final round of 78 was her best all weekend. Savana Bezdicek shot rounds of 78 and 84 but withdrew due to medical reasons on the final day of play.
"Coming in I thought if we played well we could finish in the top-five," said Bedortha. "We are definitely leaving with a better feeling about our game. We've basically played three tournaments in two weeks so the team is a little worn out but I am definitely happy with what we have going right now."