BREMERTON, Wash. - Freshman Heather Shake became the
first University of Houston-Victoria
women’s golfer to capture a conference title Monday when she won the
Association of Independent Institutions Conference Women’s Golf championships
at the Gold Mountain Golf Course.
Steady play by the freshman
from Pearland guided her to a two-shot victory after starting Monday’s final
round in a four-way tie with three players from the University of British
Columbia. Shake posted the low rounds of the day both days as she carded a
75-74 for a 7-over 149.
Shake finished two shots
better than UBC’s Casara Hong (75-76-251) and California State-San Marcos’
Christina Trujillo (77-74-151).
The victory was her second
individual title and fourth top-four finish of the spring.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t
enough for the Jaguars who finished fourth overall posting a 652 team score
over two days. UBC claimed its fourth straight A.I.I. Conference title with a
610, while Victoria-British Columbia finished second at 641 and CSUSM was third
Rebecca Benchot followed
Shake for the Jaguars as she tied for 12th with an 85-79-164, while Brooke
Brasseaux tied for 14th with an 88-79-167. Haley Harris added an 85-90-175 and
Caitlin Swisher a 90-87-177.
Shake earns an automatic bid
to the NAIA Women’s Golf Championships scheduled for May 20-23 at the
Wilderness ridge Golf course in Lincoln, Neb.
On the men's side, UHV finished fourth with a 906 score. Nick Ver Elst tied for seventh after a 74 and 225 total. Steve Jones tied for ninth with a 73-226. Jake Truss tied for 12th after a 75-229. Vance Edwards shot 79 to tie for 18th at 231, and Connor Steadman tied for 36th after a final round 84 for a 240-three day total.