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.