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MOSCOW, Russia – After piecing together an incredible freshman campaign this past spring, one that saw her nail down the third-best season scoring average in NAU history at 75.43, Northern Arizona University's Sofya Anokhina added some hardware to her trophy collection after winning her second-consecutive women's Russian Amateur Open Championship earlier today.
Competing in her hometown of Moscow, Anokhina never dipped below a tie for second place on the individual leaderboard during the four days of golf action, running away with the victory and finishing the tournament with a 5-over-par 293 score—an impressive 7-strokes better than the second-place competitor.
"It's just awesome for her," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "She's a great kid and has worked her butt off all year. She has a heavy tournament schedule this summer back in Europe and Russia, so this is a great start to that season. I'm thrilled that she can go back there, compete and represent NAU in a great way. Sofya is an outstanding young athlete, and I'm so proud of her."
Anokhina, a 2016 Big Sky All-Conference second-team athlete, opened the tournament shooting a 4-over 76 with four bogeys and a double before getting back on track during the second set of 18 on Tuesday. There, she strung together three birdies in a four-hole span on the front nine and closed out the round at 3-over 75 (7-over 151).
The third round, though, proved to be the best of the week for Anokhina. The NAU freshman bogeyed 4 but turned in birdies on 11, 13 and 14 for a 3-under clip on the back nine and a total round score of 2-under 70 (5-over 221)—the only golfer in red on the day.
Today, Anokhina maintained her first-place positioning and never wavered during the championship round, thriving once again on the back nine by securing another three birdies and logging a final round tally of even-72 (5-over 293).