SPRINGVILLE, Utah – The Northern Arizona University golf team completed its first tournament of the 2016 fall season today, turning in a 24-over-par 308 tally this morning and a 66-over 918 mark for the week at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic. With that score, the Lumberjacks placed eighth-overall.
"If there are positives to take from this tournament, it is that our golfers' attitudes are great, and they're putting forth the effort," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "From a learning standpoint, though, we're making small mistakes, 3-putting holes and not getting up-and-down the course like we should. Making mistakes like that are costing us."
Kim Cifuentes registered the best performance Tuesday for the NAU squad, going 1-over 37 on the front nine and canceling out two bogeys on 12 and 16 with a pair of birdies on 14 and 17. The senior from Gilbert, Ariz., finished with a round score of 1-over 72—the best of any Lumberjack in a single round this week—for a three-day clip at 13-over 226. Her tournament scorecard was tied for the 15th best.
"I'm proud of [Cifuentes] and what she was able to do today," said Bedortha. "Her attitude and effort was great, and just seeing her control the golf course the way she did is good for her confidence. She has really matured into herself, and it has been fun to watch."
Yesterday's hot club belonged to junior Sierra Bezdicek, but she cooled down a bit after penciling in a triple- and double-bogey on consecutive holes to close out the front nine. Ultimately, Bezdicek remained mentally strong on the back nine and completed her round at 8-over 79 for an overall mark of 13-over 226. Like Cifuentes, Bezdicek also cemented a spot at 15th on the individual leaderboard.
"We can't be complacent," said Bedortha. "We've got to learn from these things and get better. I told our athletes that if there's a good time for this to happen, it's now. They understand how much hard work and effort it's going to take to be successful going forward, and we just have to execute when it comes time."
The fall slate of tournaments continues in two weeks when the Lumberjacks travel to Portland, Ore., for the Rose City Collegiate, Sept. 26-27.