|Vandals 15th at NCAA Regional|
STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Idaho women’s golf team finished 15th at the NCAA Stanford Regional and finished the season on a high note.
While coach Lisa Johnson has a young team, it was the seniors she wanted to thank Saturday for providing the leadership for the Vandals to make it to the NCAA regional – one of four in the country.
“I’m very proud of our seniors,” Johnson said. “They led the team for us. We can’t thank them enough.”
The seniors are Cassie McKinley and Kristin Strankman. McKinley closed with a 77 en route to a 54-hole 227 and a tie for 55th. Strankman had the best round of the day for the Vandals with her 75 that put her at 230 for the tournament and a tie for 67th.
Johnson said the young players learned a lot of the tournament as Idaho totaled a 911 for the three days. Freshmen Sophie Hausmann and Michelle Kim are joined by sophomore Kendall Gray in providing the foundation for the future. Hausmann tied for 42nd after a final round 77 gave her a 224 for the tournament, and Kim tied for 74th after an 81 gave her a three-day 233. Gray tied for 83rd with a 236, which includes her final round 78.
“The team had a great week,” Johnson said. “They competed hard. They found hard.”
The Vandals won two of their last three tournaments – another reason for optimism, Johnson said.
“We’re ending on a high note,” she said.
Stanford and USC tied for the regional title with 856s, while the medalist honors are shared by Virginia’s Elizabeth Szokol and UC Davis’ Andrea Wong with four-under 209s.