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BREMERTON, Wash. - Desirae Haselwood and Jeankie-Jhen Aczon both placed among the top 10, powering the Pacific Lutheran University women's golf squad to a third place showing at the UPS Invitational to open up the spring portion of the 2016-2017 season.
"I'm so proud of everyone persevering through some poor conditions and I think we played rather well," said Head Coach Sara Griffin.
Haselwood led the Lutes at the two round event at the Gold Mountain Golf Course, finishing fifth overall with a 164, shooting an 82 for both of her rounds. Aczon was two strokes back in sixth place, collecting a 166 (79-87).
Madison LaVergne was just outside the top 10, placing 12th with a 172 (84-88) while Anna Jessen was 15th with a 174 (87-87). Sami Briney was 21st with a 186 (93-93) with Anela Barber placing 22nd with a 188 (99-89).
"I think our seniors are realizing that its their last spring season and they definitely want to step it up and make the best of it. This was a great way to start the spring. Overall tons of positives and things we learned that we can work on to have a really good April."
PLU placed six strokes back of runner-up Whitworth University, finishing the event with a team score of 676. The Lutes shot a 332 on Saturday before netting a 344 on Sunday, finishing 71 strokes ahead of fourth place Linfield College. Whitman College secured top billing, shooting a 637 (326-311) with the Blues' Shiyang Fan securing medalist honors with a 148 (74-74).
PLU is idle for the rest of the month, returning to action on April 1 for day one of the Whitman Invitational.