DENVER CRUISES TO TEAM TITLE, HORNETS TIE FOR 14th AT REGIONAL PREVIEW
LINCOLN, Calif. — The University of Denver women’s golf team lived up to its billing as the top ranked team in the field and cruised to a team title at the NCAA West Regional Preview hosted by Sacramento State, Tuesday afternoon at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The Pioneers, who are ranked 12th nationally, maintained their first-day advantage and ended the three-round event at 288-290-298-876. Their score was just 12-over par and was 24 strokes better than second place Oregon (300-292-308-900).
Fresno State finished third (305-293-306-904) while UC Davis (300-299-306-905) and UNLV (301-296-308-905) tied for fourth. Sacramento State tied for 14th place overall with scores of 307-308-315-930.
Washington State’s Amy Eneroth hung on to become the medalist by one stroke. Eneroth dominated the course on Monday, shooting 71 and 68 but was tested on Tuesday en route to a 77. Her three-round score of 216 finished just ahead of Oregon’s Cathryn Bristow (75-70-72-217) and UC Davis’ Alice Kim (71-72-74-217), who was competing as an individual.
Sacramento State struggled to find consistency during the three rounds. No player on the team was able to post three rounds in the 70s and the scores ranged from a pair of 73s to an 85. On Tuesday, Heather LeMaster and Brooke Green each led the Hornets with a 77. LeMaster had the top tournament score on the team at 73-81-77-231 which tied for 37th overall. Kim Coppin, who had the low score on the team after the first two rounds, shot 80-73-81-234 to tie for 54th place. Her total was matched by freshman Samantha Saffold (73-81-80). Erica Yoshino (T66, 81-75-81-237) and Green (T79, 85-79-77-241) rounded out the lineup.
Sacramento State will next compete at the NAU Preview on March 10. The team will then head to the Big Sky Conference Championship and look to defend its title beginning on April 21. The winner of the Big Sky Championship will be awarded an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The Hornets are one of three schools hosting a regional for the NCAA Championships. The West Regional will be held at Lincoln Hills Golf Club, May 8-10.
1. Denver 288-290-298-876
2. Oregon 300-292-308-900
3. Fresno State 305-293-306-904
T4. UC Davis 300-299-306-905
T4. UNLV 301-296-308-905
6. UC Irvine 299-299-308-906
7. Washington State 297-293-318-908
T8. Colorado 307-296-310-913
T8. Eastern Washington 302-298-313-913
10. San Diego State 311-301-302-914
11. Northern Arizona 319-295-303-917
12. San Francisco 304-309-307-920
13. CS Northridge 311-307-309-927
T14. Sacramento State 307-308-315-930
T14. Cal Poly 305-308-317-930
16. Nevada 310-317-310-937
17. Idaho 310-322-309-941
18. Santa Clara 308-313-326-947
19. CS Bakersfield 342-340-345-1027
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Amy Eneroth, WSU, 71-68-77-216
T2. Cathryn Bristow, ORE, 75-70-72-217
T2. Alice Kim, UCD, 71-72-74-217*
4. Katie Kempter, DEN, 70-73-75-218
5. Natasha Krishna, UNLV, 73-72-74-219
SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
T37. Heather LeMaster 73-81-77-231
T54. Kim Coppin 80-73-81-234
T54. Samantha Saffold 73-81-80-234
T66. Erica Yoshino 81-75-81-237
T79. Brooke Green 85-79-77-241
T86. Emily Longcrier 81-76-86*
98. Annie Becker 79-80-91-250*
* Competed as an individual