CORNVILLE, ARIZ. – With the pressure of the upcoming conference championships looming over them, Seattle U women’s golf was able to put on their best performance of the spring season at the Red Rocks Invitational, held from March 23-24 in Cornville, Ariz. New Mexico State outscored 17 other teams with a total score of one over par, while the individual medalist, Southern Utah’s Chanikan Yongyuan, shot an incredible six-under on the par-71 Agave Highlands course. Seattle U posted a combined plus-23, tying for ninth place in the field.
Junior Linette Chua never left the top spot for Seattle U throughout the entire tournament, posting rounds of 69, 77 and 68 for a total of one over par and a tie for 11th place in the 105-woman field. Classmate Krystal Hu finished at six-over 219 after shooting 77-69-73, good for a 30th-place tie, and sophomore Kimberlee Tottori (72-74-74) finished just behind with a seven-over 220 after three solid rounds of play. Rounding out the lineup, sophomore Keisha Lugito (77-73-77) had a solid second round of two over par in between rounds of six-over, and fellow sophomore Nicole Foster tremendously improved in each round, shooting 80-76-73.
“Congratulations to Linette on a great two days,” said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. “I’m excited about the fact that we had overall improvement throughout the tournament, but we still have lots of work to do before our next event. We need to focus on finishing each round strong.”
The team has just over a week to get some solid practice in before jetting back to the desert to play in the Cowgirl Classic, hosted by the University of Wyoming in Maricopa, Ariz., on April 8-9.