LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ - UC Santa Cruz finished their first tournament of the spring in 6th place at the Ottawa Spirit Invite in Arizona.
"The course has bent grass greens. Bent greens are extremely fast, which takes a lot of nerve if you are not experienced playing on that type of surface," explained coach Paulette Pera.
"We had a young Slug team at this event, all first-year golf team members except one."
As a team, UCSC shot a 1137 (380 373 384) over the to-day tournament. Oklahoma City University won the Invite shooting a +90 954 (314 322 318 )
Jessica Salazar was UCSC's top golfer, taking 9 strokes off her 2nd round score on Monday & placed 24th with 3-round score of 267, 35 shots behind medalist Savannah Moody of OCU.
Sarah Shi and Kylie Edwards tied for 29th at 272 (+56). Edwards had UCSC's best round of the tournament, shooting an 84 Monday. The most consistent scorer for all three rounds was Shi, who putted a 90,90 and 93.
"In the end the greens were too much a burden for us to handle. Wigwam was a great learning opportunity," Pera said. "The Slugs have a strong core. With a little more experience, we have a bright future ahead."