Tacoma, Wash. – In its last tournament of the fall season, the Eastern Washington University golf team faced some of its best competition at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational this past Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12-13.
The two-day, three-round event, held at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, saw EWU shoot a total of 942 (317-308-317), good for ninth overall in the 16-team field. The team made a significant improvement over their 972 (330-322-320) total from the same event last year.
Finishing at the top for the Eagles was senior Marissa Borja, who earned a score of 235, placing her tied for 40th in the field. Borja kept a consistent performance across the event with round-by-round scores of 77, 78, and 80, respectively.
Not far behind Borja was freshman Kirsten Ishikawa with another solid performance. In the last tournament, Ishikawa led the team with a score of 233 and a 48th finish; this week she put together a 237 total, tying her in 46th place. She started day one slow with a first round of 84 strokes, but found her groove the rest of the tournament with a second and third round of 77 and 76. Other members of the squad also placed similarly, junior Hannah Kim shot a 238 (79-79-80) and tied for 49th, while sophomore Kimberlie Miyamoto hit a 239 (77-81-81) for 51st. As well as those two, freshman Mercedes Khumnark shot for a total of 242, including a round two score of 74, that turned out to be key for the team's day one finish.
Coach Brenda Howe expressed her thoughts on the event, "This was a difficult golf course with a strong field, and I'm pleased with our middle of the pack finish. We shot 30 strokes less than last year on this course, and I feel we managed our way around the course well. Each player posted some quality scores individually and that helped us be competitive as a team."
The University of Washington were the first place finishers with an 856 (286-294-285) total at one-over par. Around the Big Sky Conference, Eastern placed ahead of Montana and Portland State, while Idaho led the conference in second place.
This contest marked the end of Eastern Washington's fall golf schedule. Their highest rankings of this half of the season were two ninth place finishes that include the Harbottle Invitational and the Cougar Cup. Play will resume once again in the new year, on Thursday, March 10th, at the Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah.