women's golf wins invitational

GU went for par 130 times as a team in Goodyear, which ranked best among the 11 teams participating. 

Gonzaga women’s golf captured its first team title of the season at the Bobcat Desert Invitational in Goodyear, Arizona, on Tuesday. The Zags put together a 572 (-4) performance over the two-day invitational at the Golf Club of Estrella, which is the second lowest 36-hole total in program history behind GU’s 567 at the 2013 Challenge at Onion Creek. 

The Zags’ first team title since a 2014 win at The Gold Rush in California was spearheaded by junior Quynn Duong’s second place individual performance. She finished up in Goodyear five-under (139) after shooting four-under par on Monday, but was beat out for the competition’s top spot by Seattle University’s Samantha Bruce. Bruce started out day two a stroke behind Duong before adding another three-under (69) performance to finish out the tournament on top of the leaderboard.

However, Seattle as a team finished in second — 11 strokes behind GU — because the Zags were able to put together a formidable team performance over the two-day tournament. Three GU golfers finished in the tournament’s top-10, and sophomore Cassie Kim ended up in the top-20 after she tied for 19th place at four-over (148).

Freshman Mary Scott Wolfe shot two-over on day one, but hit the links with a vengeance on Tuesday and shot a day two low of 68 (-4). She jumped up 15 spots on the leaderboard as a result and finished in a tie for fourth at two-under (142).

Senior Jessica Mangrobang also stepped up in the tournament’s second day to claim a top-ten spot in the final standings. She finished Monday one-over-par and then balanced it out with a one-under-par performance on Tuesday that included an eagle on the Par-5 eighth hole, the only eagle in the entire tournament. Mangrobang broke even with an overall score of 144, and her place on the leaderboard advanced five spots as she finished in a tie for sixth. 

A 150 (+6) performance from junior Frederica Torre rounded out the Zags’ lineup in Goodyear. Torre went for par on 13 of the 18 holes played Tuesday, contributing to the 130 pars that GU scored as a team at the invitational, the most by any team in the tournament. 

The Zags were also the only team out of the 11 participating to shoot under-par for the course. Both GU and California Baptist University were tied at one-under-par (287) at the end of Monday’s action, but GU pulled away from the field on Tuesday by going three-under as a team (285). 

Tuesday’s team showing was the lowest team round of the entire tournament, while also matching GU’s second-lowest team total in program history from the 2017 Thunderbird Invitational.

The next best performance on day-two came from Weber State University, which shot 293 (+5) to finish in fourth overall. CBU faltered down the stretch following their competitive day-one showing by shooting 297 (+9) on Tuesday, resulting in a third place finish.

Two other GU golfers, sophomore Alyssa Nguyen and junior Kaysa Panke, took part in the Bobcat Desert Invitational as individuals. Nguyen finished in 44th place after shooting nine-over (153), and Panke was 14-over (158) after the two days to land her in 57th place overall. 

The standout win at the Bobcat Desert Invitational for GU Tuesday comes right before West Coast Conference Championships. Next week, the Zags will travel to Henderson Nevada from April 22-24 to take on the WCC’s best, with hopes of claiming the program’s first WCC championship in over 20 years.

Asher Ali is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @asher_ali3.

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