March 27, 2007
(Junction City, OR) The USF women's golf team won the 2007 Duck Invitational after shooting a final round 304 Tuesday afternoon. Despite a few players who battled sickness for all three rounds, the Dons (919) were able to beat second place Washington State (922) by three strokes and third place Oregon State (933) by 14 strokes. The team victory was the first since the Kent Youel Invitational in October of 2006.
"We played hard and I'm proud of the way the team competed," said head coach Josh Cupp. "They created their own opportunities and capitalized on them to beat a talented field. This was a gutsy performance by an improving team."
The team was led by junior Jessica Potter (222), who finished second overall after sinking a birdie putt on the last hole to force a playoff with eventual medalist Amy Eneroth of Washington St. It was the second year in a row that Potter forced a playoff by getting a birdie on the last hole. In 2006 Potter was able to win the Duck Invitational in a three hole playoff, but fell short this year. Also playing well for the Dons was senior Kristin Nichols (227) who finished in third place, five strokes behind the leaders.
"Kristin has proved astronomically in the past three weeks," said Cupp. "She turned in a very strong tournament."
Next up for the Dons is the Peg Barnard Invitational on April 6 at Stanford Golf Course. For complete results from the Duck Invitational please click on the link above.
1 San Francisco, U. of 299 316 304 919
2 Jessica Potter 71 77 74 222
3 Kristin Nichols 73 76 78 227
T 13 Eloise Vicencio 77 81 76 234
T 26 Natasha Podmore 82 82 76 240
T 26 Christina Stockton 78 82 80 240