March 16, 2011

Women's golf sets school record at Lumberjack Shootout

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Final results

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – One thing you can call the Northern Colorado women's golf team after its three days at the Lumberjack Shootout is "consistent".

The Bears finished the first day at Wigwam Golf Course in eighth place, which is exactly where they finished both the second and third days as well.

The team's final score of 911 (+47) is the lowest 54-hole total in the history of the program. The previous 54-hole low came last season at the Big Sky Championships, when the Bears shot a 918.

After putting together a stellar round in the second day, Northern Colorado ended its stay in Arizona with a final round 308 (+28).

"Although we didn't play as well today as we did yesterday, I am still happy with our performance," said Northern Colorado head coach Brandon White. "Overall, there were some better scores this tournament than what we've been scoring lately and that's always a positive."

The Bears were led all tournament by both Chelsea and Carleigh Silvers, as they each finished with three-round scores of 225 (+9), placing both in a tie for 26th.

Chelsea got off to a slightly better start in the tournament after shooting a 3-over par 75 in the first compared to Carleigh's 5-over par 77. In the second round, the sisters both put together even-par 72s. Carleigh finished strong though, shooting a 4-over par 76 while Chelsea shot a 6-over par 78.

 Emily Dougherty finished with the third-best score for the Bears after putting together a final round 4-over par 76. The senior finished in a tie for 38th after shooting a combined score of 230 (+14).

Ali Nelson finished in a tie for 48th with a total score of 234 (+18), while Libby Avery shot a 237 (+21).

Northern Arizona, the tournament host, took home the team title after putting together a three round score of 871 (+7). Florida International (+21), Indiana (+21), Eastern Michigan (+24) and Tarleton State (+26) round out the top-five.

Individually, Northern Arizona's Bethany Leclair and Tarleton State's Carla Cooper finished in a tie for first after putting together final scores of 215 (-1). Akron's Kristen Hill (E), Florida International's Monica Miller (E) and Northern Arizona's Kaitlen Parsons (+1) all finished in the top-five.

"It was good to have everybody contribute at one point or another this tournament," White said. "We're definitely making progress and we're excited for our next tournament in Irvine."

As White said, the Bears' next stop is Irvine, Calif. to play in the Anteater Invitational from March 27-29.