AURORA, Ore. – Senior Kim Cifuentes posted a Lumberjack-best even-par 72 score during third round action at the 2016 Rose City Collegiate today, finishing 13-over 229 for the tournament as the Northern Arizona golf team earned sixth-place this week with a three-round total of 36-over 900.
"We started out real well," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "As I always like to say, it is a step in the direction we needed to go. We played better, we competed better, we hit a lot better shots...we did a lot of really good things today. Overall, I was really happy with our team's performance."
Cifuentes came out on fire Tuesday, depositing consecutive birdies on holes one and two before hitting another one on seven to end the front nine at 1-under 35. After having a bit of trouble on the last half of the golf course yesterday, going a combined 8-over through the first two rounds, the native of Gilbert, Ariz., maintained her solid level of play and shot a 1-over 37 on the back nine today.
"[Cifuentes] started making some putts," said Bedortha. "She hit it real well yesterday, but made too many three-putts. Today, she was rock solid from the get-go: birding the first two holes and almost birding the third hole. You can just tell watching her play, she was under control of her game and went about her business."
Another notable performance during the third round from Rose City came from Lumberjack sophomore Sofia Anokhina. Fresh off a 70th-place finish at the World Amateur Team Championships in Cancun, Mexico, a couple weeks back, Anokhina remained the most consist NAU golfer this week by registering a 3-over 75 Tuesday, adding to an impressive total score of 6-over 222—good enough for an average round score of 74 and a tie at 13th individually.
Not to be outdone, though, were juniors Kaitlyn Saum and Sierra Bezdicek. Saum seemingly got better and more comfortable with the course as she continued to play on it, turning in a 1-under 71 during the second round and wrapping up her tournament today with a 2-over 74. Bezdicek—despite a string of double bogey-bogey-bogey on holes seven, eight and nine—still managed to post a respectable 5-over 77 Tuesday. Both Saum and Bezdicek ended their tournaments with 9-over 225 scores.
Junior Carly Akine went for a 10-over 82 mark today, putting her three round total at 25-over 241.
"[Saum] really struggled the first round, but bounced back in the second round yesterday and was totally under control today as well," said Bedortha. "She handled herself great and her attitude was where it needed to be the last two days. We saw the athlete that we're used to seeing and it was fun to watch."
It will be a quick turnaround for the Lumberjack golf team as the squad is scheduled to head to Palm Desert, Calif., for the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate this weekend, Oct. 1-2.