The Eastern Washington women's golf team will travel to St. George, Utah to compete along with 13 other teams in the Southern Utah hosted Lady Thunderbird Invitational.
Cheney, Wash. – After opening up the spring season by competing in the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz., the Eastern Washington University women's golf team will travel to St. George, Utah to take part in the Lady Thunderbid Invitational on Thursday, Mar. 12, and Friday, Mar. 13.
Hosted by Southern Utah, the tournament will be played at the 6100-yard Sunbrook Golf Course, with round one starting on Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., and the final round on Friday, at 8:30 a.m.
"This week will be a chance to get a couple of new faces in the lineup," said head coach Brenda Howe, "and I'm excited to see what these ladies are capable of doing in this field. It will be important for us to carry over the confidence I see day in and day out at practice, and approach the competition with the same high expectations we have for ourselves when we're in Cheney. Our scores this week were great, and I think that the team is feeling confident going into this event."
Outside of the Eagles, six Big Sky Conference teams will be taking part in the competition including Weber State, Montana State, Idaho State, and SUU.
Utah Valley, Cal Poly, South Dakota State, Grand Canyon, Northern Kentucky, Nebraska-Omaha, South Dakota, Oral Roberts, and Georgetown make up the other eight schools that will be competing along with the Big Sky programs, for a total field of 14 teams.
The lineup for the Eagles will be headed off by senior Taylor Crandall, while junior Maddie Dodge and freshman Kimberlie Miyamoto follow at two and three, respectively. Along with Crandall and Miyamoto, senior Caitilin Rice, at number four in the lineup, will make her second appearance this spring. Finally, to cap off the event roster, junior Brooklyn Kraakman will join Dodge as both players make their spring season debuts.
At last year's invitational, Eastern finished sixth overall, recording a 312 on the first day of competition, and shooting a 319 on the second, for an overall mark of 631. The Eagles' score trailed only Weber State (615) and Southern Utah (617).
Initial weather forecasts predict the weather to be perfect for golf, comfortably in the 70's with intermittent cloud coverage.