Thunderbirds show big improvement at first spring tournament

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VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds, the No. 5 team in NAIA women’s golf, placed 15th at the Northern Arizona University Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. The Thunderbirds carded rounds of 314 and 309 to finish with a score of 47-over par 623.

Host school Northern Arizona won the event, 26 strokes ahead of UBC.

The UBC performance this weekend was 22 shots better than the team’s score last year at the same tournament (655).
 
“I don’t want to make any excuses but this was a tough way to begin the spring on a challenging course with a very strong NCAA field and without getting a practice round with the event being moved up a day for weather – through all of it I’m proud of the way the team responded and stuck together,” said UBC head coach Chris MacDonald.

“It’s easy to see we have the makings of an excellent team that will improve each event but we do have to identify and improve our par five performance, short games and be more consistent mentally if we expect to win events this spring.”

Stephanie Wong (Richmond, B.C.) was the top UBC finisher, tying for 37th with a score of 10-over (76-78—154).
 
Winnie Hyun was a shot behind Wong in a group of golfers in 43rd place. The second-year golfer from Langley, B.C., shot rounds of 78 and 77.
 
Kat Kennedy of Okotoks, Alta., tied for 51st at 12-over (78-78—156). Reagan Wilson (Calgary) was 77th at 15-over (83-76—159) and rookie Barbara Neto-Bradley (Porto, Portugal) finished at 17-over (82-79—161) in a tie for 87th.

The NCAA Division I tournament at the Oak Creek Country Club began a day earlier than scheduled because of inclement weather and finished on Saturday.

UBC’s next event will be the Battle at Primm, which will take place March 23-24.
 

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