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March 29, 2014

NAU Golf Rallies Back From Rough Start

TUCSON, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's women's golf team completed competition at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational. NAU finished in ninth place shooting rounds of 305, 292 and 294 during the weekend.

"I thought we played well," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "It was good to see. There were some good teams there and even though we played well we ended up finishing ninth. Its not that ninth is bad their was just some strong competition."

Kaitlen Parsons was stellar this weekend as she came away with a fourth place individual finish. Parsons seemed to get better as the tournament progressed shooting rounds of 74, 73 and 69 in succession. The senior's round of 69 is just one shot off her best at the Mountain View Invitational.

"Kaitlen shot the best round on the final day," Bedortha said. "She has been playing excellent and was hitting better and crisper shots. She is a phenomenal player and a delight to coach."

The team's play only improved as the tournament progressed as NAU was able to battle back from a tough first round with two great rounds to finish the tournament. Both Melissa Olson (76-78-77) and Susana Mejia (78-74-75) had their best tournament of the season this weekend. This improvement in play is a great sign for Bedortha as they prepare for the Big Sky Championships.

"Portland State has been the favorite in the conference all season and we beat them by ten shots," said Bedortha. "We still have a ways to go to be able to contend for a conference title."

Jacquie LeMarr and Brittany McKee were also impressive this weekend posting rounds of 77-71-76 and 81-74-74, respectively.

The Lumberjacks will be back in action on April 7 at the Gold Rush tournament in Yorba Linda, Calif.