April 21, 2010

Nelson ends in fifth, women's golf fourth at Big Sky Championships

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado women's golf sat in fourth place after day one at the Big Sky Conference Championship, and the Bears finished there Wednesday with 918 three-round team total at Ocotillo Golf Course.

That's the lowest Northern Colorado's women's golf team has ever scored in a 54-hole event. Its previous low was a 937 effort in September 2008 at Colorado State's Ram Fall Classic.

Portland State (900) won its fifth conference championship, and Sacramento State (902) and Northern Arizona (904) also came in just ahead of Northern Colorado.

In a 45-person field, the Bears had three finish in the top 20, including Ali Nelson, who finished her third round Wednesday with a 76 on the par 72 course and came in fifth with a three-round total of 224 (+8).

Nelson last season shot a 222 at Ocotillo and became the first league freshman since 2005 to win the Big Sky individual title.

Carleigh Silvers finished play Wednesday with a 3-over 75 and finished tied for 13th with a combined score of 229 (+13). Her sister Chelsea shot 79 and tied for 17th with a combined three-round score of 231 (+15).

Emily Dougherty also carded a 79 Wednesday and finished just three strokes overall behind Chelsea Silver with a 234 (+18) and in 22nd place.

Rounding out the Bears' squad was Abby McNeley, who finished 45th with a three-round score of 263 (+37) after a 90 during the final round.

Overall, Stephanie Kim of Northern Arizona was the medalist after tying the conference record with an even-par 216 over the tourney's three rounds.  After being 5-under going into the final day, Kim made things interesting with a 5-over 77 third rounder.

Portland State 900 was the fourth lowest 54-hole score in tournament history.