Mortellaro third at Hawai`i
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 03/15/2011
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University of Idaho junior Kayla Mortellaro finished third at the annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational Golf Tournament at Hawai'i's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. She was a three-over 219 - four back of medalist Carlota Ciganda of Arizona State.

Mortellaro's Vandal teammate Teo Poplawski tied for 10th at 226 after rounds of 76-75-75 as the Vandals tied for 12th.

"Kayla played great - as always," said coach Lisa Johnson. "She didn't hit the ball quite as well as she has in the past few events. However, she fought back with a ton of great up and downs and proved - once again, she deserves to be ranked among the top players in the country."

Mortellaro is the sixth-ranked amateur in the world and notched her ninth Western Athletic Conference player award after her efforts last week at the UNLV Rebel Spring Invitational.

Poplawski, another junior on the young Vandal team, also had a strong round.

"Teo had a fantastic performance," Johnson said. "She really grinded out all three of her rounds. She did a great job in finishing in the top 10 in a very strong field."

Arizona State won the tournament at 23-over 887. Arizona was second at 902. Idaho was at 944 for the 54 holes. Also for the Vandals, Rachel Choi tied for 85th at 248, Julia Hitchins tied for 93rd at 251, Allyssa Nilsson was 104th at 262 and Gracie Schory was 105th at 268.

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