Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Kayla Mortellaro
Mortellaro, Vandals finish 10th
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/27/2012
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PEORIA, Ariz. - A bogey-free two-under-par 70 in the final round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational propelled Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro to a 10th place finish at the tournament Monday, as the Vandal women's golf team also finished 10th in the team standings.

"Our ball striking was greatly improved over last week's tournament," Idaho coach Lisa Johnson said. "We gave ourselves many birdie opportunities and didn't make many of the putts. We will get back to work this week focusing on our short game and putting in preparation for Hawaii."

Mortellaro made birdie in the par-3 11th and par-5 17th to card a 70 and move up two places in the final round. She finished the 54-hole event at one-under-par after rounds of 72-73-70. Rachel Choi posted an even-par 72 on the final day and finished the tournament at four-over par and in 20th place.

Teo Poplawski finished in a tie for 27th place with a six-over par after rounds of 70-77-75. Kaitlyn Oster tied for 51st with 77-75-77, and Leilanie Kim was 16-over for the tournament with rounds of 78-78-76.

The Vandals finished the tournament at 21-over par, and on the wrong side of a cluster of four teams within four shots of seventh place. Nebraska was at the top of that group in seventh place at 18-over par, while Wisconsin finished eighth at 19-over and Eastern Michigan came in ninth at 20-over par. Illinois won the event at 11-under par, while Texas Tech came in second at eight-under in the 12-team event.

The Vandals will make the trip to Hawai'i for their next action at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kanoehe Klipper March 13-14.

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