TACOMA, WASH. – The sun shone, the air chilled, and sophomore Kimberlee Tottori excelled as Seattle U women’s golf hosted the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational at the beautiful Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash., from Oct. 15-16. Tottori, who made the All-WAC second team last season, posted rounds of 74, 75 and a superb 69 to finish with a personal-best score of two-over 218, good for a fourth-place tie in the field of 97.
Junior Krystal Hu started the first day with a round of 80 before gaining steam with an even-par 72 in the afternoon. She finished the tournament with another round of 80, which brought her total score to a sixteen-over 232. Sophomores Nicole Foster (76-87-74) and Vendela From (81-79-77) both shot 21 over par for three-round scores of 237, while classmate Keisha Lugito had rounds of 79, 81 and 79 to finish at 23-over 239. As a team, Seattle U finished ninth out of 18, with a combined score of 51-over 915.
Three Redhawks competed as individuals – junior Linette Chua, senior Yen Ting Wong and sophomore Anne Transier. Chua was able to lower her score in each subsequent round in the tournament, combining rounds of 78, 77 and 71 for a total of 10-over 226 and a 24th-place tie. Wong posted her best scores in the mornings – she had a final score of plus-15 231 after rounds of 76, 79 and 76. Transier (83-86-78) finished with a 31-over 247, showing immense improvement in the second day of competition with five strokes under the previous morning’s round.
The eighteen-team field included Boise State, Boston College, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota State, Santa Clara, Seattle, South Dakota, Utah Valley and Weber State. Crosstown rival Washington also sent two individuals to compete in the tournament. After final scoring, Santa Clara’s team took first place by a total of four strokes over second-place Houston Baptist. The individual competition was a bit more contested, as play finished with both Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings and Washington’s Karen Miyamoto tied for first with two-under 214. After a three-hole playoff, Cummings triumphed to take home the individual trophy.
Head Coach Marc Chandonnet was very pleased with the success of the tournament, which has only a five-year history. “I am so thankful to Tacoma Country and Golf Club for giving us the opportunity to host at their facility - I consider it to be one of the best courses in the Pacific Northwest," he said. "We had two Seattle U Hall of Fame members, Pat and John Harbottle, out here supporting the event over the entire two days. It’s always amazing to be around them, and I am so appreciative of their support and their friendship.
"The team showed so much potential, and Kimmy’s round of three-under was fantastic. I’m so proud of her for shooting a personal-best tournament score,” he continued. “All in all, I’ve got an amazing group of young women who realize that we’ve got some work to do, but we are all confident in each other and ready to go to work during the offseason.”
That offseason lasts until Feb. 23, when the Redhawks head to Phoenix to tee off at the Grand Canyon University Invitational.