Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
LAKEWOOD, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team carded a 326 during Sunday's final round of the Northwest Conference Tournament at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, finishing fifth overall.
The Lutes battled through the wind and rain, shooting 12 strokes more than they did on day one. Desirae Haselwood finished with a 162, putting her in 14th place. Haselwood was consistent throughout the tournament, shooting an 80 on day one and an 82 today.
"I know Desirae wanted to play better this weekend being that Tacoma is a course she is familiar with," Head Coach Sarah Griffin said. "She handled the pressure very well and stayed patient both days. She had all the right thoughts and was positive until the end. Her putter just needed to come alive and it would have got her momentum going. She hung in there and completed an amazing season. Her name will be in the record books for PLU for quite awhile."
Anna Jessen and Jeankie-Jhen Aczon both shot a 79, tying for the best performance from the Lutes on the day while finishing 17th with a two-day tally of 165 (86-79). Both had a birdie on a par four at the seventh hole. Jessen did not double bogey throughout the entire round. Aczon finished the day with 11 pars. Aczon's performance earned her a Second Team All-Northwest Conference honors.
"Jeankie just goes with it! She worked on the range yesterday after the round and figured out a couple things with her swing. She always has such a great attitude and went out there today ready to battle," Griffin said. "Anna found her trust in her game again today. She hit more fairways today and she had excellent speed control with her putter. She found what works for her and stuck with it."
Sami Briney carded an 89 on Sunday, finishing 29th at the tournament with a two-day tally of 175. Madison LaVergne shot a 176 (90-86) for the tournament. Highlighting her round was a birdie at the par three at six.
The Lutes season came to an end with a fifth place finish in the Northwest Conference Tournament, finishing with a team score of 664. PLU shot a 338 on Saturday before shaving off 12-strokes on Sunday, owning a sizeable 52-stroke edge on sixth-place University of Puget Sound. George Fox University ran away with the team title, scoring a 601 (302-299) with all five Bruin golfers finishing in the top five.
"These women have become such good friends and even Anela Barber and Abby Lyon were out supporting them today," Griffin said. "It was a nice finish to their season and they will have great memories from PLU women's golf."