Women’s golf ties for sixth in opening tournament

Eagles net a program record finish at first tournament of the year.

Joel Ashor, Writer

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Biola women’s golf headed to the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz. to participate in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate on Sept. 25-26. They finished the tournament in a tie for sixth place with the host Western New Mexico, carding a team score of 626.

exceeded expectations

The Eagles competed against many schools including the winner Cal State San Marcos, the runner up Arkansas Tech, third place Colorado Mesa, and Regis, Colorado State Pueblo, Embry-Riddle, Holy Names, Montana State Billings, Metro State University, CSU Chico State, Westminster Col., Point Loma, Texas A&M Kingsville, University of Redlands and Fort Lewis College.

On the first day of competition the Eagles exceeded expectations, shooting an impressive score of 313.This put them on track to break records heading into day two.

Sophomore Jules Loibl led Biola on day one by shooting a 73 to finish the day in fifth overall. Freshman Marcel Manalo had a stellar first day, carding an 81 to begin her collegiate career in style. Sophomore Tori Roeske shot a 77 to finish the first day in a tie for 19th, sophomore Bella Larson shot an 82 to finish the day in 59th and sophomore Alexis Gopfert shot an 85 to head into the second day tied for 71st.

Record low score

On day two of the competition the Eagles continued to play well, duplicating their score of 313 from the day before to set a record for the lowest score in a two-day tournament in program history.

Loibl continued her outstanding play with a score of 74 on day two to finish in a tie for fourth place overall in the tournament. Manelo shot an impressive score of 75 to move up to 21st overall. Roeske carded an 81 to finish in a tie for 30th, Larson shot an 85 to finish the tournament to tie for 60th and Gopfert followed right behind her with an 83 to finish in a tie for 62nd.

The Eagles return to play at Tuscany Falls Country Club in Goodyear, Ariz. in the NCCAA West Regional on Sept. 29.