|Choi jumps 14 positions|
PULLMAN, Wash. - University of Idaho junior Rachel Choi turned in a one-under 71 to vault from a tie for 24th into a tie for 10th at the annual WSU Cougar Cup, which concluded Tuesday at Palouse Ridge Golf Course.
Choi's effort helped the Vandals improve from sixth to fifth during their final 18 holes, which they played in 298 to finish at 902 - 10 back of fourth-place Cal State Fullerton. California won the 14-team tournament with an 877 with Gonzaga second at 882 and host Washington State third at 883.
"Everyone scored a little bit better today," coach Lisa Johnson said. "We were able to convert more birdie opportunities. Overall, we hammed and egged it pretty well."
In all, four Vandals finished in the top 25 with three in the top 13. Kaitlyn Oster was just one stroke back of Choi in a tie for 13th along with teammate Cassie McKinley, who, for this tournament, played as an individual. Leilanie Kim tied for 22nd at 227. Rounding out the Vandal scoring were Kristin Strankman in a tie for 35th at 230 and Kassidy Long-Goheen in a tied for 75th at 247. Also playing as individuals on one of their home courses were Mary Sweeney, who tied for 73rd at 2426, and Allyssa Nilsson, who tied for 77th at 251.
"We were a little short of our goal," said Johnson, noting the Vandals' third round showed the improvement she hoped to see. "We played the golf course like we know how. We still left a lot of birdies out there but it's encouraging to know we putting ourselves in the right positions."