October 9, 2012

Rookies Strain, Riley Go Top 15 in First-Ever Tournament

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's golf team had true freshmen Sadie Strain and Monique Riley finish 10th and 14th respectively at Cal Poly's 5th-annual Firestone Grill Invitational at Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo.

Pictured (l-r) SCU freshmen Ashley Noda, Meghan Shain, Sadie Strain and Monique Riley

Strain - one of the top prep golfers coming out of Northern California this year - posted a final-round 72, just one-over par and the best score among any Bronco competing at the event. Riley, a Pleasanton, Calif. product, starred on the Future Collegians World Tour last season. She finished with rounds of 76 and 77 to move up into 14th on the final leaderboard.

The group Santa Clara and head coach Krystal Kelly sent down to Nipomo included the two true freshmen and returners Brooke Stephens, Casey Briggs and Morgan McClure. All the SCU players were entered as individuals (meaning SCU's overall team score did not count).

Looking ahead, the Broncos will bring a No. 114 national ranking into next week's University of Wyoming Desert Classic in Palm Desert, Calif. Oct. 13-14. Following the trip down to the desert, SCU hosts its annual SCU Colby Invitational here in San Jose, Oct. 22-23.

FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

1 Lisa Persson Sac State 71 72 75 218 +5
2 Clariss Guce CSUN 73 74 72 219 +6
3 Tiffany Nichols Sac State 75 74 72 221 +8
Drew Thomas Cal Poly 74 73 74 221 +8
5 Asia Adell Cal Poly 78 72 72 222 +9
6 Ava Lourenco Biola 75 79 71 225 +12
7 Morgan Thomas Cal Poly B 77 78 71 226 +13
8 Madison Hirsch Cal Poly B 79 74 74 227 +14
Malea Miller CSUB 75 78 74 227 +14
10 *Sadie Strain SantaClara 77 80 72 229 +16

SANTA CLARA RESULTS
T 10 Sadie Strain SantaClara 77 80 72 229
14 Monique Riley SantaClara 81 76 77 234
T 21 Brooke Stephens SantaClara 81 83 76 240
T 26 Casey Briggs SantaClara 81 84 78 243
39 Morgan McClure SantaClara 83 85 90 258

Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational

Dates:
Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 and Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
Host: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Women's Field* (7 teams): Sacramento State, #Santa Clara, Cal Poly, CSU Northridge, Biola (NAIA), Claremont McKenna (DIII)
Details:
A total of seven women's teams will be competing in three rounds over two days. The first and second rounds will be played consecutively on Monday, beginning with morning tee times. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday.
Course:
Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Nipomo, Calif. (Par 71, 5,902 yards)
"America's Top 50 Golf Courses for Women" by Golf Digest 
Course Phone Number: (805) 343-9459
Course Address: 1606 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo, CA 93444
Course Website:
MonarchDunesGolf.com
Live Scoring: n/a

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