St. George, Utah. - Senior Taylor Crandall led the Eastern Washington University women's golf team, shooting a two-day total of 160 (+16) out of a field of 87, as the Eagles finished in 13th place in the Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 13.
"Today was a little bit of a struggle overall, but I saw tremendous fight in Taylor Crandall and Brooklyn Kraakman," said head coach Brenda Howe.
Crandall, who scored 80 on both rounds of competition on the 6100 yard, par-72 course, finished tied for 39th, ahead several other individual players who represented other Big Sky Conference schools.
Behind Crandall, junior Brooklyn Kraakman finished at tied for 48th, shooting a 162 (+20) over two rounds, while scoring a team low 78 on the final round. Freshman Kimberlie Miyamoto finished closely behind with a 163 (+21), and first day team low of 79. Rounding out EWU's tournament roster, senior Caitilin Rice and junior Maddie Dodge scored a 167 and 168, respectively.
"Taylor finished with two birdies and Brooklyn played her last 10 holes one under par after a bit of a rough start. That's the fight we need to see from everyone a little more consistently," said Howe, "We were playing without our number one player in Marissa, so with her back in the lineup – along with a couple of weeks to work on some things – hopefully we'll get rid of the early season cobwebs."
As a team, Eastern finished the tournament with a total team score of 649 (+73), shooting a 321 on the first day, and a 328 on the second. Out of the five BSC teams that took part in the weekend competition, the Eagles placed fourth, ahead of only Idaho State.
Eastern will be back in action at the end of the month as the team travels to Goodyear, Ariz., to take part in the Bobcat Invitational in the Desert on Monday, Mar. 30.