Freshman powers women’s golf to eighth in WMNU invite

Eagles finish in the top half of the leaderboard to open the season.

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Freshman powers women’s golf to eighth in WMNU invite

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Austin Green, Managing Editor

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In her first collegiate competition, freshman Sami Penor became the only Eagle to finish in the top 20 in the Western New Mexico University Fall Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz., leading women’s golf to a tie for 8th place in a field of 18 teams when the two-day tournament concluded Tuesday.

The Eagles’ overall score of 607 (+31) matched that of Cal State East Bay, while Cal State San Marcos took first with a 575 (-1) score. Point Loma, the only other PacWest school in the event, finished near the bottom at 16th.

Penor finished with a 147 (+3) mark over the invitational, good enough to move her into a tie for 16th place on the individual leaderboard. Junior Tori Roeske just barely cracked the top 30 after shooting 151 (+7). Fellow juniors Alexis Gopfert and Jules Loibl rounded out the Eagles’ top four with scores of 153 (+9) and 156 (+12), respectively, while sophomore Sophia Karnazes shot a 162 (+18).

The National Christian College Athletic Association West Regional is next up for the Eagles, taking place next Monday at Indian Springs Golf Course in Indio, Calif. A strong showing there could give the Eagles a spot in the NCCAA National Championships, per a Biola Athletics news release.