LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Seattle U women’s golf finally wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships on Friday with their best-ever finish as a team, tying for first place with New Mexico State after three rounds at the Oakbrook Golf Club. Both teams finished at 33 strokes over par, requiring a tiebreaker playoff to determine the winner of the tournament.
For the tiebreaker, a coin toss was administered by a WAC office representative to determine which team would tee off first on the agreed-upon playoff holes. The number five and number four golfers from New Mexico State and Seattle started things off, followed by the number three, two, and one golfers from each team. Afterward, officials totaled the four best scores on each hole to determine who would receive the WAC Championship trophy and an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Golf Tournament. In the end, that team was New Mexico State.
“This one’s going to hurt for quite some time, but we have nothing to hang our heads about,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet after the playoff. “Our players should be extremely proud of themselves and the way they represent Seattle U. This institution is very lucky to have such a fine group of young women, and I am definitely blessed to be their coach.”
Sophomores Kimberlee Tottori and Vendela From ended in a tie for fourth place, each with a six-over 219. Tottori (72-72-75) played consistently throughout the tournament, as has been her wont all season, and From (69-73-77) led the standings for the first two rounds before ultimately tying with her classmate. Junior Krystal Hu finished in a 12th-place tie at plus-11 224, sandwiching a round of 78 between two rounds of 73, and sophomore Keisha Lugito (79-73-74) came roaring back after a tough first round to bring her total to 13-over 226. Senior Yen Ting Wong, in her final conference championships, posted 78-76-78 to round out the lineup at 19 strokes over par.
“I care deeply about each one of these women,” said Chandonnet, “and my hope is that they focus on all of the positive contributions that have led us to this opportunity. I am confident that this group will bounce back stronger than before. We will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years, especially if we use this as a motivator to work even harder.”