March 14, 2007
(Boulder Creek, NV) - USF shot its lowest round of the spring for the second consecutive day, firing a two-under par 286 for a new program record 54-hole tournament tally of 874 (298, 290, 286) at the 2007 UNLV Spring Invitational. The Dons posted a sixth place finish in a strong regional field at the Boulder Creek Golf Club, just one stroke behind the host Rebels.
Three Dons posted final rounds at par or better, led by junior Jessica Potter's three-under 69, while freshman Natasha Podmore was the top finisher for San Francisco at an even par 216, good for a share of 12th place. The 874 eclipsed the previous 54-hole tournament record of 875 recorded at the 2003 Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic (283, 291, 301).
"I am happy with our effort today," USF head coach Josh Cupp said. "I was pleased with the way we competed out there today. Everyone played hard and battled down the stretch. It is nice to see hard work rewarded with positive results."
Potter led the Dons charge throughout the final round with just one bogey and four birdies. Freshman Christina Stockton shot a one-under 71 and senior Eloise Vicencio carded an even-par on the par-72 course playing at 6,199 yards.
USF shaved a remarkable 12 strokes off its team score from its first round to its last, paring eight shots from the opening 18 and the second round. The Dons recorded 19 birdies on the day, led by five from Stockton, while Podmore, Potter and Vicencio carded four apiece on Wednesday.
For the tournament, San Francisco carded 42 birdies, led by 13 from Podmore and recorded par on 157 holes, led by 37 from Potter.
BYU ran away with the event with a 17-under 847 (280, 283, 284), 10 shots in front of New Mexico at 7-under 857 (284, 290, 283). Idaho posted a 5-under 859 (292, 281, 286), Indiana shot even-par 865 (285, 285, 294), while tournament host UNLV rounded out the top-five at 873 (299, 286, 288), just one stroke in front of the Dons at 874.
Following Podmore in the individual leader board was Vicencio with a share of 22nd place at 219 (72, 75, 72) and Stockton placed 34th at 222 (75, 76, 71). Senior Kristin Nichols (77, 71, 75) and Potter (77, 77, 69) shared 38th place at 223.
San Francisco returns to action when it competes in the 2007 Duck Invitational, beginning Monday, March 26 at the Emerald Valley Golf Club. The two-day event is hosted by the University of Oregon.