The Eastern Michigan University women’s golf team continued its spring season by traveling back to Arizona over the weekend.
This time the team was in Sedona, playing in the Red Rocks Invitational at the Oakcreek Country Club. After opening the season in seventh place at the Jim West Challenge and finishing tied in eighth place at the Westbrook Invitational, the girls were looking for a change in the right direction.
At the Red Rocks Invitational, the women were able work out the kinks and have a good tournament.
The Eagles ended round one in 11th place after shooting a team round score of 315.
EMU bounced back after the first round of play and finished tied in fourth place with the University of California-Riverside after round two concluded. The Eagles finished with a two round score of 42.
• Senior Sarah Johnson led the team in the tournament. She shot round scores of 76 and 74, and finished in a six-way tie for sixth place with a final score of 6.
• Junior Corey Crossan shot round scores of 81 and 75. She finished in a seven-way tie for 31st place and had a final score of 12.
• Junior and captain Alyssa Kwon and redshirt freshman Karyn Lee Ping finished tied in 38th place. Kwon finished with round scores of 77 and 80 and an overall score of 13. Ping finished with round scores of 76 and 81 and an overall score of 13.
• Redshirt freshman Lois Schoof finished tied in 46th place with round scores of 85 and 74, and finished with an overall score of 15.
• Senior and captain Meredith Fairbairn finished in a four-way tie for 99th place with round scores of 81 and 92 to finish with an overall score of 29.
Fairbairn said she was very disappointed with her performance. However, she promised she would bounce back for the next tournament to help ensure a better finish for her team.
She said the team played very well and she is proud of them. She doesn’t struggle often, so she was happy her rare follies didn’t hurt the team.
The biggest concern of the first two tournaments was the weather, which was cold and windy. This tournament was not hurt by any bad weather.
“The course was set up very scorable,” Fairbairn said. “Beautiful weather and minimal wind.”
Fairbairn said the team was taking good shots, and as a result set up for a good, short game.
“If you were hitting [the ball] straight, there were many birdies to be had out there,” Fairbairn said. “There were a lot of birdies by the team today.”
The Eagles will head to Rio Verde, Ariz., on March 8 for the Rio Verde Invitational to continue their spring season.