Springville, Utah - Improving on its performances from day one, the Eastern Washington University golf team completed a rain-shortened Hobble Creek Invitational Tuesday Sept. 15.
The Eagles finished 36 holes on the par-71 course, ending with a team score of 616 (310-306), good for 10th place overall in the field of 16. Finishing in first was Hawaii with a score of 583 (+6).The invitational, cut one round short due to weather, was the Eagles first tournament of the new season. At the end of the first day they finished in 12th overall, but concluded with stronger play on day two.
"I'm very encouraged with the play that I saw this week," said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. "Our freshmen really impressed me and I feel we've added depth to our team with their additions. Overall, the ladies played consistent, and I'm pleased with the finish we had."
Freshman Kirsten Ishikawa led the team shooting rounds of 78 and 74 respectively, placing her in a tie for 28th (+10). Her performance was followed by senior Marissa Borja (74-79), and Kimberlie Miyamoto (79-74) both tying at 35th (+11).
Freshman Mercedes Khumnark, who competed as an individual, was Eastern's highlight of round one after shooting an even par and placing 3rd for the day. However, she found herself struggling day two by shooting an 82, and concluding the tournament in 35th (+11). She still managed to finish among the top performers of the team, and this only marks her first experience in college play. Along with Khumnark in that respect was Ishikawa, who despite playing in her first tournament led the team. Improvements can certainly be expected as the season moves along and experience is gained.
Overall Eastern finished ahead of other Big Sky competitors North Dakota, Southern Utah, Montana, and Idaho State and finished just two strokes behind Montana State.
The Eagles will travel next to Pullman, Wash., at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club, for the WSU Cougar Cup on Monday, Sept. 21.