Wildcats fall to seventh after promising start

Apr 24 2013 - 2:24pm

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Weber State women's golf team wrapped up the 2013 Big Sky Conference golf championships on Tuesday at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, finishing seventh with a three-round total of 915.

The Wildcats bounced back a bit from Monday's round, shooting six shots better in the final round with a 304, but the team did not capitalize on the momentum of Sunday's opening 301, and eventually drifted four shots down the leaderboard after being in a tie for fourth after the first 18 holes.

"We're disappointed right now," said WSU director of golf Jeff Smith. "We felt that this was our year for a high finish, and after opening the way we did, we really had some high hopes."

The Wildcats did finish Tuesday's round well, playing the final four holes in a combined three-under-par to hold off a charging Montana team that shot 290 to match the low score of the field for the week. On No. 18 alone, the Wildcats were three-under, led by freshman Carly Oldroyd's eagle.

Northern Arizona claimed the team title, shooting 290 on the day and 882 overall to finish four shots ahead of Portland State. The Vikings finished second after holding a nine-shot lead after 18 holes, and a share of the lead after 36 holes. Southern Utah and Northern Colorado each shot 901 for the week to share third place.

Montana State's Paige Crawford earned medalist honors, shooting an eight-under-par total of 208, fueled by a final-round 67.

Kelsey Chugg led the Wildcats on the week, shooting rounds of 75, 71 and 77 for a total of 223, which placed her 12th overall. Amanda Snyder shot 74 on the final day, and finished two shots behind Chugg at 225, which placed her 15th on the individual leaderboard, and gave the Wildcats two players in the top 15.

Alli Cluff shot 233 for the week to tie for 26th, while Oldroyd's final-round 75 moved her up into a tie for 31st at 234. Sara Federico tied for 48th at 256.

As seniors, Chugg, Snyder and Federico each wrapped up their collegiate careers on Tuesday.

Montana's Tara Green, a Weber High graduate, shot 79-75-74 to finish 18th overall at 228.

 

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