The Seattle University women’s golf team saw play conclude at The Challenge at Onion Creek Tuesday, taking 10th place in the tournament held at Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.
For the first time this year, Shannon Quinn (Shoreline, Wash.) led the Redhawks, tying for 38th overall in the tournament. During Tuesday’s final round, she took 78 strokes (+8), putting her at 228 (+18) for the event. The Challenge at Onion Creek was Quinn’s best tournament of the year, as she earned her highest finish of the season and also cut her stroke average by nearly 3.5 strokes over the three-day tournament. In addition, the three individual round scores she turned in are her lowest three scores of the year.
In all, four Redhawks finished within five strokes of each other. Quinn was the leader of the pack, but Monica Keo (Kaneohe, Hawaii) was just one stroke behind her, shooting 229 (+19) for the tournament. Keo finished the tournament with a 77, seven strokes over par, and tied for a share of 41st. Lori Pearson (Seattle, Wash.) was next, tying for 46th at 231 strokes (+11). She carded her best score of the tournament, firing a six-over-par 76 Tuesday. Two strokes behind Pearson, Clare Sorensen (Roseville, Calif.) finished with 233 strokes (+23) and sole possession of 52nd. Sorensen ended the tournament with a final round score of 83, 13 strokes above par.
Rounding out the Seattle U lineup, Nicole Gaddie fired her best round of the tournament, taking just 75 strokes (+5) during Tuesday’s final round. The score allowed her to climb five spots up the leaderboard and into 60th place with 241 strokes (+31).
As a team, the Redhawks counted 913 strokes throughout the tournament, 73 strokes above par. Gonzaga won the team title with a score of 22-over-par 862, while Texas State’s Krista Puisite and Gonzaga’s Han Wu tied for medalist honors at even-par 210.
Seattle U will have one final tune-up before heading to the Western Athletic Conference championship, playing in the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic April 8-10. That tournament will be held at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz.