April 13, 2004
MADERA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's golf team broke into the top three for the first time in five years as the Broncos placed third at the West Coast Conference Championships, hosted at Riverbed Golf Club in Madera.
Head coach Polly Schulze was named the league's Coach of the Year, the first such honor for the Bronco program. Freshman Samantha Trask was named to the All-WCC first team, while junior Courtney Dimpel-Composti and sophomore Meggie Fagundes received honorable mention recognition.
Conditions were tough on the course today, with 2-3 club winds raising scores for all competitors. Santa Clara shot a 328 today and finished with a three-round total of 928 on the par-72, 5,853-yard layout.
Pepperdine and San Francisco, who have held the WCC title since the women's golf championship was added in 1997, placed first and second, respectively. The Waves won their third straight title, carding a 12-over 876, while the Dons were a comfortable 27 strokes behind at 903. Gonzaga (945) and Portland (992) round out the field.
"Placing third at this event was our big goal for the entire year," Schulze said. "Everything we did and worked for this season was to get this third-place finish, and we got it. I couldn't be prouder of this team.
Trask finished in sixth place to lead the squad. Her 79 in today's third round gave her a tournament total of 228, just 12 strokes over par. Dimpel-Composti's 82 today helped her tie for eighth at 231, and Fagundes was right behind her tied for 10th at 233. Candice Palmer also made the top 15, tied for 14th at 236. Paige Wilson carded a three-day total of 254, good enough for 22nd place.
Pepperdine's Carolina Liano won the individual competition by one stroke, finishing with a four-under 212. She bested USF's Kristi Larsen.
This event closed the spring season for the squad, who broke a team record in yesterday's second round, with a 296. That mark was set with last week's final round 299 at the Matador Spring Invitational. Prior to these two events, the Broncos had not broken the 300 plateau as a team. It was one of the many goals the squad accomplished this season.
"We achieved all of the goals we set out for ourselves," Schulze added. "This season could not have gone any better. I'm very proud of each one of these girls."
One item omitted from yesterday's recap, and another testament to the team's success this season, was Wilson's eagle on the par-4, 394-yard fifth hole. On top of carding what could possibly be the first Bronco eagle in program history, the freshman scored this feat on her birthday. She knocked in the special shot from 160 yards out.