SEDONA, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's women's golf team hosted the Red Rocks Invitational at the Oak Creek Country Club this past weekend. During the tournament there were some very impressive performances displayed by a number of athletes. NAU finished tied for second with Sacramento State as they both were edged out by an impressive Xavier team.
"Overall I thought we were solid as a team," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "Everybody had a great attitude, we were competing and it was really fun to watch them step up and compete at a high level."
Bedortha had high expectations for Jacquie LeMarr when she transferred in from UCLA mid-year; the newcomer's performance this weekend solidified his thoughts. LeMarr posted rounds of 70 and 71 during the two-day tournament on the way to a first place finish individually. The sophomore was in superior form this weekend even shooting a hole-in-one on day two of play on the way to her first tournament win as a Lumberjack. LeMarr now holds the individual two-round total tournament record shooting a 141 on the weekend.
"None of this would've been possible without my teammates and coach," said LeMarr. "Transferring here was really one of the best decisions I have made."
Kaitlen Parsons is the lone senior for the Lumberjacks. This weekend served as the final home tournament of her career. Parsons was strong for NAU as well posting rounds of 73 and 75 on the way to a seventh place finish.
"As a freshman Kaitlen didn't like this course so to see her game mature to the level where she can play well here is just great," said Bedortha. "She's definitely been a huge factor of our success and she will be missed."
Brittany McKee was able to bounce back from her opening round of 85 by shooting a 73 on the final day of competition. Also competing for the Lumberjacks was Susana Mejia (80-78) and Savana Bezdicek (82-84).
Xavier University broke both the lowest team one round and two-round total records posting rounds of 299 and 289 this weekend. Monica Jung of Southern Utah now holds the tournament record for lowest individual round as she shot a 69 on the final day of play.
"Overall there was some great golf played this weekend," Bedortha said. "Basically every tournament record was broken. It's neat to see how much better the level of women's golf is getting."