Sept. 25, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's golf team had four solid rounds Tuesday and the Bulldogs finished seventh at the MDA Invitational women's golf tournament at Hangman Valley Golf Course.
The Bulldogs finished with a 54-hole score of 940 and maintained the seventh spot they held following Monday's play.Eastern Washington University, co-host of the event with the Bulldogs, won its first team title since September of 2003 when the Eagles captured this same tournament - known then as the Inland Empire Intercollegiate and played that year at The Highlands Golf Course in nearby Post Falls, Idaho. The Eagles finished at 901 after a final-round 300 to go with Monday's opening rounds of 298-303. The University of Wyoming was second at 906.
Jennifer Bermingham of UC Riverside captured medalist honors with a 217, shooting a 74 Tuesday over the 6,176-yard, par 72 layout after rounds of 72-71 on Monday. Bermingham held a 4-stroke lead over Hannah Brabb of Cal Poly heading into Tuesday's round, and nothing changed on the leaderboard as she finished with a 4-stroke victory. Freshman Kellie Holmstedt of EWU overtook teammate Kristine Gargaro for third place. Holmstedt had a final-round 73 while Gargaro shot 80 to fall from third to a tie for seventh.
The Bulldogs - with 12 golfers entered in the event but just one official team - were paced by Sarah Sheffield with a 232 to tie for 15th after a 79 on Tuesday. She was steady throughout the tournament with opening-day rounds of 76-77. Anna Friedhoff shot a team-best 75 on Tuesday to finish at 236 and a tie for 31st. She was tied for 53rd entering the final round after an 82-79 on Monday. Freshman Sage Suffecool had a 78 to finish at 238 and a tie for 41st.
Freshman Rachel Sibbitt, playing as an individual, finished 10th overall with scores of 73-78-78 for a 229.
"It was good to have a home tournament," Gonzaga first-year head coach Brad Rickel said. "This gave me an opportunity to see everybody in more than just a practice situation. I am still trying to learn my team and they are still trying to learn my style, so I think it was good for everybody. I think some questions got answered the last couple of days."
The next tournament for the Bulldogs will be Monday and Tuesday at the Heather Farr Memorial in Broomfield, Colo., hosted by the University of Colorado.