CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 13 - Southern Utah's Sadie Palmer nearly did what she had to do Wednesday to claim a share of the individual title at Northern Arizona's 11-team Lumberjack at Ocotillo golf tournament, but Weber State's Kelsey Chugg had another idea.
Palmer, who was all alone in second place, one shot off the pace of McNeese State's Kelsey Haynie after Tuesday's second round at the par 72, 6,302-yard Ocotillo Golf Resort, shot 76 on Wednesday while Haynie carded a 77, creating a tie between the two second-day leaders. Chugg dashed Palmer's hopes, however, firing the best round of the tournament, a 70, to move all the way from seventh to the top of the leaderboard with a 225, two shots better than Palmer, Haynie and McNeese's Lina Lagergren, who shot 74 on Wednesday to make it a three-way tie for second.
Despite Palmer's efforts, the Thunderbirds slipped one spot to fifth after coming in at 318 on Wednesday, which allowed British Columbia to move past SUU after UBC shot 309 for a three-round total of 955, five shots better than the Thunderbirds' 960.
McNeese State won the tournament going away, shooting 914 to finish 27 strokes ahead of second-place Northern Arizona (941). Weber State finished third at 949.
Monica Jung finished second among Thunderbirds in 16th place at 238, while Kaohi Loo was 29th at 247, Nicole Thomas was 37th at 251 and Rynae Baca finished 48th at 260. SUU's Rose Pelletier and Jamie Millard were competing as individuals, with Pelletier coming in 41st at 253 and Millard 49th at 261.
Rounding out the team finishes Montana State was sixth at 972, followed by Northern Colorado (978), Eastern Washington (985), Utah Valley (995), North Dakota (1,065) and Idaho State (1,100).
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