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USF Women's Golf Earns First Season Victory in Hawaii

Oct. 25, 2006

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(Honolulu, HI) - USF women's golf overcame adverse conditions in Hawaii today to capture the title at the 2006 Kent Youel Invitational, posting a final round 298 in a notable team effort. Despite brutal winds at the Kapolei Golf Course, the Dons posted the only sub-300 score in the final round and moved into first place at 905 (297, 310, 298), six strokes ahead of second round leader and host Hawaii.

Freshman Christina Stockton carded the lowest final round score for the Dons, a one-under 71 to jump into a tie for fifth place at 225 (78, 76, 71) and junior Jessica Potter was USF's best finisher overall in fourth place at 224 (71,79, 74).

"It was a gutsy performance all-around today. Christina especially overcame brutal conditions with fast winds and difficult hole locations to post the score that she did. We still have a little bit of a way to go, but the girls feel confident now and I know we are a good golf team," head coach Josh Cupp said.

Freshman Natasha Podmore also broke into the top-20 individual finishers at 232 (81, 76, 75), sharing 19th place with teammate Chaneng Joe (75, 79, 78).

"The team kept fighting all day through the highs and the lows and I am extremely proud of them. Now they know they can fight and come out with a win. This confidence will carry through as we practice and fine-tune for the spring season," assistant coach Chad Hossack said.

Unable to hold their lead to the Dons, the Rainbow Wahine earned runner-up honors at 911 (315, 291, 306). UC Irvine finished tied for third with Southern Methodist at 913 and Nevada rounded out the top five at 924. SMU's Lacey Jones was able to hold her second round lead and captured the individual title at 219 (70, 74, 75).

San Francisco earned a sweet end to its fall season with a victory, its first under head coach Josh Cupp and its first win since the 2005 Bay Area Classic, held February 21-22. The Dons return to action February 18-20 to kick off the 2007 spring season at the Papa John's Invitational in Miami.

1 San Francisco, U. of 297 310 298 9054 Jessica Potter 71 79 74 224T 5 Christina Stockton 78 76 71 225T 19 Natasha Podmore 81 76 75 232T 19 Chaneng Joe 75 79 78 232T 41 Eloise Vicencio 73 80 84 237