FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University golf team hits the road this weekend for its second tournament of the fall season: The 2016 Rose City Collegiate hosted by Portland State.
The Lumberjacks will compete against 14 other teams at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore. The course plays a par 72 at 6,057 yards. The tournament will begin Monday, Sept. 26, with the first two rounds of 18 holes each, followed by a third and final round Tuesday.
"I'm looking for us to progress and get better," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "We didn't play that bad at the last tournament, we just didn't execute enough shots and, as they would say, get the ball in the hole fast enough."
NAU is coming off an eighth-place finish at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic to open the fall, shooting a 66-over-par 928 as a team during the two-day, three-round tournament. Senior Kim Cifuentes and junior Sierra Bezdicek highlighted the play from that event, with Cifuentes rallying in the last round—logging 1-over 72—to tie for 15th-place on the individual leaderboard with teammate Bezdicek.
Returning to the Lumberjack lineup for the Rose City Collegiate will be Sofia Anokhina, who most recently represented Russia at the World Amateur Team Championships in Cancun, Mexico, earlier this month. The sophomore from Moscow, Russia, registered a 17-over 305 total during the four-round championship, averaging a round score of 76.25 and earning a tie for 70th on the leaderboard.
"We're doing all the small things we've been talking about—keeping a good attitude, giving your best effort and treating people well—and now we need to take that a step further," said Bedortha. "Most of our golfers have never been to this part of the country, so it should be fun for them to go out there and see what they can do."
Tee-time Monday is set for an 8 a.m. shotgun start, followed by the continuous play of 36 holes. Tuesday's third round is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. as well.
The last time the Lumberjacks competed at the Rose City Collegiate was in 2012, where they placed fifth-overall as a team, shooting a 58-over 922.