April 2, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The Washington State women's golf team finished in fifth place after shooting the lowest team score of the final round at the Challenge at Onion Creek. The Cougars shot 5-over in the final round and finished 34-over for the tournament.
Mallory Kent maintained her spot on the individual leaderboard at tied for third. She shot an even-par 70 in Tuesday's final round to finish the contest at 2-over par. Kent was just two strokes back from co-champions Krista Puisite of Texas State and Han Wu of Gonzaga (both even-par) at the conclusion of the tournament.
The Cougars (+34) trailed No. 16 Texas Tech (fourth, +32) by just two strokes at the end of Tuesday's round. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga won the team title (+22).
"We had really solid first and second rounds, and we came back today with the low round of the day which was great," WSU Head Coach Kelli Kamimura said. "The past three tournaments we have played in, we've shown substantial improvements as a team, which is really a testament to the hard work our players are putting in."
Washington State's Emma Betland and Kristen Rue joined Kent in the tournament's top 25 finishers. Betland tied for 15th place with her three-round mark of 219 (+9). She was followed closely by Rue who carded a three-round 222 (+12) and tied for 23rd place.
"We played in the same tournament last year, and our score this year improved upon our score last year by 42 strokes," Kamimura said. "The conditions were a little different, but that puts into perspective how much our players have worked and improved."
The Cougars will next compete April 22-24 at the Pac-12 Championships, their final scheduled tournament of the season. The Championships will be hosted by UCLA in Valencia, Calif.