Anokhina turned in the best 54-hole score in NAU Golf history, absolutely shattering the old mark by 11 strokes and ending the weekend with a three-round total of 12-under-par 204 to win the 2017 Red Rocks individual title. Her 5-under 67 tally on Sunday morning also tied for the greatest single round score in program history, and the victory was the second in three tries this spring.
Remarkably, Anokhina is scoring at an average of 70.66 this spring. Also, not to be forgotten, Anokhina added a hole-in-one to her resume today as well with an eagle on No. 4.
"I've been coaching for 17 years, and to see someone go out there and perform like that was incredible," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "She never wavered, never flinched. It was jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring…however you want to put it. It was such an impressive performance to win by 11 shots in a college golf tournament."
As a team, the Lumberjacks technically finished in third-place with a three-round score of 34-over 898 and a third-round tally of 17-over 305. We say "technically" third because there was a tie for first at the tournament between Toledo and Seattle, with the tiebreaker going to the Redhawks because their fifth golfer's scorecard Sunday was better than the fifth golfer's mark for the Rockets.
"I'm not going to sit here and say I'm bummed out about finishing third because to do so against this kind of competition is never bad," said Bedortha. "However, with that said, we definitely have to get the entire team playing a bit better."
The Lumberjacks' second-best golfer this weekend was Kaitlyn Saum who finished tied for 17th (9-over 225). For Saum, it was her best three rounds of the spring to date, improving her total score compared to last tournament's Rio Verde mark by a full eight strokes.
After logging a 9-over 81 to close out yesterday's marathon day, Sierra Bezdicek was able to get back under 80 in Sunday's third round with a 6-over 78 (19-over 235 for the tournament). Finishing right behind Bezdicek was junior teammate Carly Akine, tying for 42nd with a 20-over 236 three-round total.
Kim Cifuentes ended her final home tournament with a 10-over 82 round Sunday, closing out the weekend with a 47th-place 23-over 239. The other two NAU golfers, Emma Reyes (22-over 238) and Loren Skibba (26-over 242), competed as individuals this weekend in Sedona.
"At the end of the day, we need our golfers to start stepping up and performing better…there's just no 'if's,' 'and's,' 'but's' or 'or's' about it," said Bedortha. "From a coaching perspective, we're going to start challenging our golfers more—in a productive, reinforcing, respectful way."
The Lumberjacks have next weekend off before competing next at the Sacramento State Invitational, March 20-21.