Fourth Consecutive WAC Championship

Mesa, Ariz. - The San Jose State women's golf team won its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship on Wednesday after shooting a 295 in the final round at the Longbow Golf Club and winning the title by 13 shots.  The Spartans 877 total is their best tournament score of the year.

 

Jennifer Brumbaugh shot the low round of the day for the Spartans with a three-under 69, to finish third at one-under 215, and was named a first-team All-WAC honoree.  She led the tournament with 14 birdes including five in the final round.

 

"This was a great week for all of us," said Brumbaugh.  "I'm happy with the way I played today.  I was determined to score and made it happen. The All-WAC honor is just icing on the cake.  It is validation of the work I have done and the improvements I've made.  I was able to take advantage of my length on the par fives (where she was five-under par)."

 

Madeleine Ziegert finished fourth, one stroke behind Brumbaugh, at 216 after shooting a 72 in her final round.  She is a first-team All-WAC performer and the first Spartan to compete in and win four WAC team championships.

 

"I'm amazed," said Ziegert, who has never finished outside the top-10 in her four WAC Championship appearances.  "We all played so well and really helped and rooted for each other.  I am so proud to be a Spartan.  The way we played as a team over the last two tournament just gives us more confidence as we head into the Regionals"

 

Kathleen Rojas finished tied for fifth at 220 with a 76 in her final round, while Megan Osland was tied for 11th at 226 and tied for the championship lead with 37 pars.  They were both named second team All-WAC honorees.

 

"One year ago, when I was in high school, I just wanted to have a chance to play Division I golf," said Rojas.  "To make the team and earn the right to travel was great, but to win a conference championship and now be going to the NCAA Regionals is unbelievable."

 

Rachelle Reali finished tied for 21st at 233.

 

For the third time in his coaching career, John Dormann was honored by the WAC as he was named the Co-Coach of the Year.  He shared honors with Idaho coach Lisa Johnson.

 

"What made me the happiest was we took control of this tournament from day one and never let go," said Dormann.  "From where this team was at the beginning of the year to where they are now is a testament to them.  This feeling, this winning feeling, is something I can never get enough of."

With the conference championship, the Spartans earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals May 10-12, at a site that will be announced on Monday, April 30.

 

Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro won individual medalist honors after winning a four-hole playoff against New Mexico State's Demi Mak.  The two shot 214 over the 54 holes.

 

2012 WAC Women's Golf Championship

Longbow Golf Club - Mesa, Ariz.

6,163 yards, Par 72

April 23-25

 

Team Standings

San Jose State                   877

Idaho                                  890

Fresno State                       902

Hawai'i                                910

New Mexico State                  913

Nevada                             946

 

Individual Standings

T1. Kayla Mortellaro (Idaho) 70-71-73-214

T1. Demi Mak (New Mexico State) 75-72-67-214

3. Jennifer Brumbaugh (San Jose State) 73-73-69-215

4. Madeleine Ziegert (San Jose State) 70-74-72-216

T5. Kathleen Rojas (San Jose State) 75-69-76-220

T5. Louisa Lies (Fresno State), 73-73-74-220

T5. Teo Poplawski (Idaho 75-74-71-220

 

San Jose State Results

T11. Megan Osland 73-75-78-226

T21. Rachelle Reali 75-76-82-233

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