Originally Published: September 28, 2015 11:54 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's women's golf team placed second out of six squads to conclude the program's annual ERAU Fall Invitational Monday, Sept. 28, at Talking Rock Golf Club.
Meanwhile, the Embry-Riddle men took fourth out of seven teams in the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
Arizona Christian won on the women's side with a total score of 954. Embry-Riddle finished nine strokes behind the Firebirds with a 963.
Arizona Christian also won on the men's side, tallying a score of 872 - only one stroke ahead of runner-up Claremont Mudd (873).
Individually on the women's side, Biola's Mychaela Graf won with a total score of 229. Arizona Christian's Hanna Price and Claremont Mudd's Taylor Kain-Godoy tied for second at 235.
For the Eagles' women's team, Trae Jones led the way with a 238. Lauren Kruszewski (239), Jennifer Baltimore (240), Sara El Baissi (252) and Nicole Lopes (267) followed. Alex Friedman (253) and Calli Gallacher (one-day score of 88) played as individuals for ERAU.
"I am proud of our women's team capturing second," Embry-Riddle coach Kim Haddow stated in a news release. "We played solid, but expected more, really, on our home course. Trae played strong, Lauren played well and Jennifer Baltimore really brought it home the final round with a 76."
Individually on the men's side, Claremont's Johnny Brandt won the tourney with a total score of 209, followed by Arizona Christian's Dean Harpe (second, 214). Arizona Christian's Tim Conaway and Biola's Will Langworthy tied for third with identical scores of 215.
For ERAU, Matt Zampello paced the hosts with a 217. Teammates Kale Davidson (221), Austin Sverdrup (223), Jacob Turner (226) and Matt Andrews (232) followed. Playing as individuals separate from the team for the Eagles were Garrett Hogan (226), John Carosello (237) and Andrew Sverdrup (243).
"The guys also played well," Haddow added. "We had two sub-par players, and we need two more players to shoot right around par to be competitive in our tough (Cal Pac) league.
"All in all, it was an exciting tournament and we were in the hunt to win - right where we want to be."
Next up, Embry-Riddle will compete at the Benedictine Invitational Tournament in Mesa in late October.