CHANDLER, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University's women's golf team completed competition at the 2014 Big Sky Championships, which was held at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler. NAU's comeback fell short as the team finished fifth to close out the season.
"We went to a tournament in California before this and played bad. We just never recovered from that," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "It's disappointing that we finished like this. In my opinion we are a much better team and program than fifth."
Kaitlen Parsons (72-74-80) ends her Lumberjack career sharing a sixth place finish individually in the tournament. The lone senior has been the leader of the team all season through the adversity faced in the fall and the success found this spring.
"Kaitlen is such a winner, competitor and great person," said Bedortha. "She is going to be dearly missed and the returners have their work cut out for them to replace her."
This weekend served as Parsons' final tournament with NAU.
"Team wise we came together. We didn't necessarily play well but we came together," said Parsons. "Individually, I let my emotions get the best of me today and it caused me to slip up. NAU has treated me very well. I owe a lot of it to my coach, he is a big part of my life and I look up to him. I'm sad to be leaving NAU."
Susana Mejia's play was more than impressive. The junior was strong through the final two rounds as she shot a 75 and 77 to close out the tournament. Mejia's game peaked at the right time as her three-round score of 231 ties her season-best.
Junior Brittany McKee made her Big Sky Championship debut this week and was NAU's third-best performer at the tournament. McKee's play improved every day as she shot rounds of 81, 79 and 78.
Jacquie LeMarr and JoJo Sottile rounded out the group for NAU in their first Big Sky Championship appearance. LeMarr shot rounds of 81, 77 and 81 throughout the tournament, while Sottile also improved throughout the tournament as she posted rounds of 84, 81 and 79 in succession.
This is the lowest NAU has finished at the conference championships since Bedortha took over mid-season in 2008. The Lumberjacks took the title in 2013.