March 28, 2006
(Creswell, OR) - USF sophomore Jessica Potter bounced back in impressive fashion from a rugged first round to win the 2006 Duck Women's Golf Invitational, hosted by Oregon Tuesday at the Emerald Valley Golf Course. Potter shot a 78 during the opening round but charged into contention with a 72 in the second round and fired a one-under 71 in the final round to force a playoff with Washington State's Anastasia Kostina (71, 77, 73). Potter won with a bogey on the third playoff hole for her first medalist honors and first for the Dons this season.
San Francisco (323, 306, 309) finished seventh overall with a 938 in the demanding field, won by San Jose State at 918 (307, 305, 306), one stroke ahead of Oregon State at 919 (310, 305, 304). Idaho shot 923 (300, 315, 308), followed by Washington State at 924 (306, 313, 305). Fresno State rounded out the top-five at 932 (311,309, 312).
Round one of the tournament was delayed for two hours by frost on the course and the second round was halted with about four holes remaining due to darkness. The delay seemed to help the Dons and Potter in particular as they collectively rebounded from a hiccup in round one to play better in the final 36 holes of the event.
"I had four holes that didn't go my way and I couldn't get it back," Potter said after an opening round of six-over. "After 13 holes in the second, I was one-under and I felt I had myself in a much better groove. I wasn't hitting it perfectly by any means, but I was putting it much better than I have in a while. I was just taking it one shot at a time."
Potter had no idea she was approaching the top of the leader board, let alone being in a position to compete in her second playoff of her sophomore campaign.
I was hoping to end up in the top five and it was a surprise to end up in a playoff. I've been in a couple in junior golf and one in the fall (New Mexico State) and I know how it goes. I felt nervous, but I had (USF head coach) Josh (Cupp) with me and my team with me and it made me feel comfortable. Fortunately it went my way," Potter said.
Potter, who captured runner-up honors at the 2005 New Mexico State Invitational, carded nine birdies during the tournament, just one off the lead and led the field in par-4 scoring (4.10). Junior Kristin Nichols finished 16th in the 16-team field at 233 (75, 78, 80).
USF returns to action when it competes in the 2006 Peg Barnard Invitational, hosted by Stanford. Tournament play begins Saturday, April 8 at the Stanford Golf Course.