September 28, 2010

Silvers again strong for women's golf in Oregon

Day one | Day two

AURORA, Ore. -- Sophomore Carleigh Silvers carded a pair of 75s during the final two rounds of the Rose City Collegiate Golf Tournament to finish 25th out of 77 golfers Tuesday at Langdon Farms Golf Club.

As a team, Northern Colorado ended with a team total of 960 (+96) and in 14th place in a field that included the Pac-10s Oregon State, team winner North Texas and Big Sky teams Portland State, Northern Arizona, Weber State and Eastern Washington.

The Bears' first-round team total of 328 (+40) was the highest single-round team score in the field, but NC steadied the ship from there in posting rounds of 315 and 317 in the second a third rounds.

Northern Colorado finished three strokes ahead of Eastern Washington and two behind Weber State.

"Going in, this was a good event for us that included four other Big Sky teams," Northern Colorado coach Brandon White said. "We struggled as a team this week and were disappointed in our finish, though. It was a good eye-opener for us, to know that we need to put in more hard work the remainder of this fall to be prepared for the postseason next spring."

Silvers' 80 in the first round got her tourney off to a slow start, but her last two trips through the 6,080-foot course pushed her up the leaderboard and into the clubhouse with a three-round total of 230 (+14).

The finish was just the second top-30 individual finish for Silvers in her two years with the Bears.

Junior Ali Nelson started the event strong, with a 5-over-par 77 in the first round Monday, but she struggled from there, shooting 81s in rounds two and three to end at 239 (+25) and in a tie for 54th.

Seniors Aby McNeley (T-63rd) and Emily Dougherty (75th) and junior Jamie Engelkemier (T-66th) also competed for Northern Colorado.

"We feel like we can compete with the best teams in the Big Sky," White said, "but it is going to take more focus and hard work throughout the year."