'Jacks Shoot Their Way to a First Place Finish

'Jacks Shoot Their Way to a First Place Finish

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University's women's golf team completed play at the Grand Canyon Invitational. The Lumberjacks ended up sharing victory with Santa Clara University as the two teams finished tied for first place.

It was definitely a struggle," said Bedortha. "We played 36-holes yesterday and I could tell we were tired early on. We didn't play particularly well but we kept competing so I knew it was going to be close at the end but I am glad we were able to hold the other teams off and get the win."

Leading the way for NAU was junior Brittany McKee who shot rounds of 73, 75 and 76 during the tournament. McKee's play garnered her a share of the first place individual finish after coming up short in a playoff between her and Grand Canyon's Charlotte Jaengkit.

"Brittany struggled on the front-nine but was able to make some great pars and put together a good round," said Bedortha. "She lost on the third hole of the playoff but Brittany played great and both players hit some great shots so it was fun to watch."

 Kaitlen Parsons was also a major part of NAU's success. The senior posted rounds of 76, 73 and 80 on the way to a sixth place finish. Sophomores Savana Bezdicek and Jacquie LeMarr were also impressive finishing 14th and 22nd, respectively. Bezdicek shot at a 77.3 average and LeMarr at an average of 79 throughout the tournament. Rounding out the group was Susana Mejia who posted rounds of 82, 81 and 82.

The Lumberjacks first place finish is the first since the team won the Big Sky Championship last season. NAU will look to continue to build off of this momentum as they host the Red Rocks Invitational next.

"This definitely gives us some positive momentum heading into this weekend and the rest of the spring," said Bedortha. "I'm very happy for the team and it's definitely exciting."

NOTES: Playing as individuals JoAnn Sottile (81-77-83), Melissa Olson (84-82-82) and Laura Jabczenski (89-83-90).

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