March 18, 2014

Women's golf finishes fifth at Monterey Bay

By KATIE MUCCI
UNCBears.com

MONTEREY, Calif. – The Northern Colorado women's golf team finished up the Monterey Bay Invitational Tuesday, ending the competition in fifth place, carding an overall 982 (329, 321, 332), just two shots out of fourth place.

After leading through the first two days, Columbia held on to the top team spot, finishing the competition with an overall mark of 924 (303, 310, 311), over 40 shots ahead of the next team. Columbia golfer, Monique Ishikawa, took the individual title, carding a 226 (76, 74, 76).

Sophomore Nicole Okada (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the Bears with a score of 239 (81, 77, 81), finishing in a tie for 7th place. This is the third time in a row that Okada has been the Bears' top finisher in competition and it is her first top-10 finish of the year.

Behind Okada was fellow sophomore Amanda Myers (Idaho Falls, Idaho) who carded a 246 (83, 74, 89) to place in a tie for 16th. Freshman Baile Winslow (Overland Park, Kan.) was just a few shots behind Myers, finishing the invitational in a tie for 23rd place with an overall mark of 250 (83, 85, 82). This is Winslow's best career finish, topping her 26th place finish at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational in October 2013.

Junior Jocelyn Thompson (Fort Collins, Colo.) rounded out the scorers for the Bears, tabbing a 253 (82, 85, 86) and finishing in a tie for 26th place. The last golfer to compete at the Invitational was junior Arlee Coleman (Chewelah, Wash.) who finished in 30th place, recording a 264 (85, 96, 83) in her first competition this year.

Coleman had one of the best bounce back performances in the tournament field. After struggling on day two to a 96 on the scoresheet, Coleman cut 13 strokes off her performance to record an 83 on the final day.

The Bears will take a two-week break from competition before heading to Chandler, Ariz., to take part in the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 7-8.