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Embry-Riddle women’s golf claims 6th straight Cal Pac title
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Embry-Riddle women’s golf celebrates its first-place win at the Cal Pac Championship at RedHawk Golf & Resort in Sparks, Nev., on Wednesday. (Courtesy)

Embry-Riddle women’s golf celebrates its first-place win at the Cal Pac Championship at RedHawk Golf & Resort in Sparks, Nev., on Wednesday. (Courtesy)

SPARKS, Nev. — With four players finishing in the Top 5 of the individual leaderboard, Embry-Riddle women’s golf took home the gold in this week’s Cal Pac Championship at RedHawk Golf & Resort while the men’s team finished fourth.

It is the sixth straight Cal Pac title for the Eagles.

The women’s team came out firing in the first round of the three-day, seven-school tournament, finishing with a score of 323 (+35), which was 40 strokes better than next-best Marymount. It would only get better from there as the Eagles improved with a 320 (+32) in round two on Tuesday and then clinched the title with a tremendous 302 (+14) in the final round on Wednesday.

Their efforts were good enough for a grand total of 945 (+81), a whopping 133 strokes better than second-place Marymount. This win grants them an automatic bid to the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship on May 14 through 17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

ERAU’s Jessica Williams was crowned the winner with a 233 (+17) followed by teammates Kendall Mcbean with a 235 (+19), Elle Carson with a 237 (+21) and Nicole Lopes with a 240 (+24). Williams improved with each passing round as she shot a tournament-best 70 (-2) score on Wednesday. Eagles’ fifth player Megan Hessil also produced a respectable performance, finishing tied for 11th with a 284 (+68).

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The men’s side did not fare as well as their women counterparts, completing the tournament in fourth place of the seven-team field with a 980 (+116). The Eagles finished the first round in second place with a 324 (+36) but fell behind in the second round by shooting a 338 (+50).

They picked it back up on the final day by recording a solid 318 (+30), but it still wasn’t enough to catch Benedictine University-Mesa (978), Marymount College (964) and champion Sierra Nevada (963).

Embry-Riddle’s best performance came from Garret Hogan, who finished in sixth place with a 240 (+24). Benedictine University-Mesa’s Joe Baldeck was the individual champion with a 227 (+11) score.

Aaron Valdez is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter at @Valaaron_94. Email avaldez@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.

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