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Jessen Leads Lutes to Third Place Finish at Whitman Invite

Jessen Leads Lutes to Third Place Finish at Whitman Invite

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

Results

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team tallied four top 15 finishers en route to a third place showing on Sunday at the Whitman Invitational held at the Wine Valley Golf Club and Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

"It was very challenging to go from playing Wine Valley that was wide open to Veterans that was tree-lined with tiny greens," said Head Coach Sara Griffin.

Anna Jessen led the way for the Lutes, tying for third overall with a two-round tally of 158. The senior was tied for first overall after carding a 77 during Saturday's opening round before shooting an 81 on Sunday. Desirae Haselwood was tied with Jessen atop the leaderboard on Saturday before finishing sixth overall, carding a 160 (77-83).

"Anna played awesome with the best two days in her career. She made a triple early on today but battled back and finished well which is very exciting."

Jeankie-Jhen Aczon and Madison LaVergne tied for 14th overall, both finishing with a 168. Aczon tallied an 85 on Saturday and an 83 on Sunday while LaVergne shot an 82 in the opening round and an 86 in round two. Sami Briney rounded out the PLU contingent, shooting a 186 (93-93), good for 30th place.

"So many things to look forward to and be grateful for going into spring classic and conference. Nice to know all the women in the top five are able to contribute."

The Lutes shot a 321 on Saturday and a 333 on Sunday, finishing with a team tally of 654 to secure third place. PLU was three strokes behind runner-up Lewis-Clark State University (320-331) and was 21 strokes ahead of Northwest Conference rival and fourth place finishing Whitworth University. Host Whitman College won the event, shooting a 627 (316-311).

Pacific Lutheran returns to action on Saturday for day one of the NWC Spring Classic at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Washington.

"Hopefully we'll have everyone firing on all cylinders at Gold Mountain next weekend."