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April 28, 2014, BREMERTON, Wash. (ISN) – The UBC Thunderbirds, ranked fourth in the NAIA, completed a dominant run through the field of Association of Independent Institutions Conference Women’s Golf Championship, winning their fourth straight title on Monday at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

UBC finished ahead of the Victoria (B.C.) Vikes by 31 shots as all five players finished in the top eight for the two-round event.

The Thunderbirds shot a 25-over par 309 today and finished with a total score of 42-over 610. Victoria shot 326-315 to conclude the tournament at 73-over 641. California State-San Marcos placed third with a score of 77-over 645 (329-316). Houston-Victoria, led by individual medalist Heather Shake, was fourth at 84-over 652 (333-319).

Shake was one of four players tied for the lead after yesterday’s first round and continued her excellent play with a 3-over 74 on Monday to capture top individual honours with a final score of 7-over 149 (75-74).

Shake was also named to the five-person all-A.I.I. team, which also included UBC players Casara Hong and Winnie Hyun, CSU-San Marcos’ Christina Trujillo and Victoria’s Brynn Tomie.

Hong tied for second at 9-over 151 (75-76) with Trujillo (77-74). Hyun (75-78) and Tomie (79-74) both finished fourth at 11-over 153.

UBC opened the day with 25-shot lead and added to its advantage by recording the best score of the final round on Gold Mountain’s Cascade course, which played today at par-71, 5,910 yards.

The Thunderbirds have earned the A.I.I.’s automatic berth to the 20th annual NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships May 20-23 in Lincoln, Neb.

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