Ogden, Utah – The Eastern Washington University women's golf team was tabbed to finish tenth for the 2015 season in this year's Big Sky Preseason Poll, the league office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
"I try not to think too much about the poll. The poll is basically predicting the outcome of one tournament," said head coach Brenda Howe, "We all know that anything can happen on a golf course over the course of a 3 day conference tournament. I know we are better than where we're predicted. Unfortunately, we had two rounds in the fall that hurt our scoring average and when we as coaches vote, most thought lies with the scoring average of each team."
Following a seventh place finish place in last year's Big Sky Championships, EWU returns to action with five letter winners, including All-Big Sky Second Team honoree, Marissa Borja, and three newcomers.
After capping off the fall schedule by playing in the Colby Invitational, the Eagles will look to take their improvements made over the course of the fall season into the 2015 slate.
Eastern will look to contend in several competitions which include the Lady Thunderbird Invitation, the Bobcat Invitational, the Cowgirl Classic, and eventually the Big Sky Championship, which will be held in Chandler, Ariz.
Recent newcomer to the Big Sky golf, Idaho, was picked to be this year's number one team with eight first place votes and 118 points. Last year's champion, Portland State, was placed just behind the Vandals in second with 114 points paired with four first place votes.
Rounding out the top five of the poll is Montana, Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, receiving 96, 90, and 85 points, respectively.
"We beat some teams in the fall that are ranked ahead of us, and to be honest, spots 4 through 10 competed back and forth pretty competitively all fall," said Howe, "It'll be interesting to see how it all ends up. With our mild winter we've been fortunate to get in some unexpected practices and the team is really impressing me with how well they are hitting the ball. A couple of players who struggled in the fall seem to be back to where we expect them to be, and players who played decent in the fall seem to be hitting it even better. I'm looking forward to competing again, and for the team to have an opportunity to play their way out of that 10th place prediction."
The Eagles will look to kick off their spring season in late February when they take part in the Red Rocks Invitational at the Oakcreek Country Club, in Sedona, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 28. The tournament will wrap up the following day on Sunday, Mar. 1.