COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The Oregon State women’s golf team moved two spots up the leaderboard on Wednesday to finish the Coeur d’Alene Invitational in ninth place.
The Beavers concluded the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 25-over 295-284-298--877 at the par-71, 6,088-yard Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course to finish ninth in the 18-team field.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t capitalize on a scorable course,” OSU head coach Dawn Shockley said. “We struggled a bit on the greens and really couldn’t get a good feel all week.”
Junior Haley Nist was the highest OSU player on the individual leaderboard, finishing in a tie for 31st with a 5-over 73-70-75—218. She had a team-high nine birdies over the three rounds and a scoring average of 4.07 on the par-4’s, tied for sixth best in the field.
Freshman Ellie Slama finished in a tie for 40th with an 8-over 74-68-79—221. The 3-under 68 in the second round is the best of her young college career.
“Shooting under par like Haley and Ellie did is what we know this team is capable of. We have a few areas to fine-tune in order for the scoring we saw in the second round to be a more consistent result for us,” Shockley said.
Sophomore Mari Nishiura had the best score of the day for the Beavers in the final round, a 2-over 73, to move 12 spots up the leaderboard and finish in a tie for 45th with a 9-over 77-72-73--222.
Junior Olivia Benzin and senior Susie Cavanagh finished in a tie for 54th with an 11-over 224, as Benzin went 74-74-76 and Cavanagh posted scores of 74-76-74.
Colorado won the team title with an 18-under 834 and the Buffs’ Kirsty Hodgkins claimed medalist honors with a 10-under 203.
The Beavers return to action Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Ron Moore Invitational in Denver.