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Bulldog Women Third In I.E. Intercollegiate

Sept. 26, 2006

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sarah Sheffield and Mary Kate Morgan tied for fifth and Gonzaga University claimed third place at the Inland Empire Women's Intercollegiate golf tournament that concluded Tuesday at Hangman Valley Golf Course.

Kelly Nakashima of the University of Idaho came from six shots off the pace heading into Tuesday's final round and shot a final-round 1-under-par 71 to claim medalist honors at 219. That was good for a one-shot victory over second-round leader Marli Mikulecky of Eastern Washington University, who shot a final-round 78 to finish at 220. Nakashima birdied three of the final six holes while Mikulecky had two bogeys and a double-bogey in the last six holes.

Morgan, six shots behind the leader entering the day, and Sheffield, five strokes out of the lead, both made a run at medalist honors. But Morgan bogeyed 13 and 14 and Sheffield bogeyed 16 and 17 as both finished with a 54-hole score of 222 to tie for fifth.

Krista Swanson of the University of Montana and Amanda Jacobs of Idaho tied for third at 221.

Idaho, with a two-shot lead over EWU for the team title entering Tuesday, shot a 308 to finish at 908 and four shots ahead of EWU. Gonzaga, eight shots off the lead and six shots out of second after 36 holes, shot a 305 to take third at 913, one shot behind the Eagles.

"Our team had a chance, but the hill was just a little too high to climb," Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray said. "Sarah and Mary Kate each gave it a good run Tuesday. There was some great golf played in this tournament and it came down to the final hole. There were six golfers with a chance to win, and Kelly turned in a solid round and held up under the pressure better than the other five. She deserved it."

Gonzaga will head to the Heather Farr/Colorado University Invitational next Monday and Tuesday.