Portland State Golf plays in an important spring tournament this week as the Vikings take part in the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, AZ. The tournament, which consists of 20 teams, is hosted by Northern Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.
The Vikings will have the best chance of the 2021-22 season to see how they measure up against other Big Sky competitors. Although the tournament does not include defending Big Sky Champion Sacramento State, PSU will be one of nine conference teams taking part in the 54-hole event at Oakcreek Country Club.
The tournament takes place exactly one month prior to the Big Sky Championship, which will be held at Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, April 18-20.
First-year Head Coach Bill Winter saw encouraging signs from his team during its last outing, a 14th-place finish (among 20) at the Grand Canyon Invitational on Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The Vikings shot their best single-round (300) and tournament (918) scores through five scoring events in the 2021-22 season. In addition, seniors Windy Huang and McKenna Maser and freshman Mari Nakamura all shot their best tournament scores of the season.
That performance followed a third-place finish in the eight-team Mountain Classic Matchplay in February.
RED ROCKS INVITATIONAL
Date: Mar. 19-20
Course: Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona, AZ
Host: Northern Arizona University
Play: 54 holes of stroke play with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. There will be an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start each day.
Live scoring: https://m.birdiefire.com/tournament/78217/
Teams competing (20): Northern Arizona, Cal Baptist, Delaware, Dixie State, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Idaho State, Illinois State, Longwood, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Towson, Utah Valley, Weber State, Wichita State
- SCORING AVERAGES (15 rounds): Windy Huang, 76.73; Katie Harris, 78.20; McKenna Maser, 79.33; Mariana Garcia Rosette, 79.53; Mari Nakamura, 82.46
- BIRDIE LEADERS (18 rounds): Katie Harris, 33; McKenna Maser, 25; Windy Huang, 24 (1 eagle); Mariana Garcia Rosette, 20; Mari Nakamura, 18
- Windy Huang now ranks ninth all-time in rounds played at PSU (98) and eighth all-time in scoring (76.79).
FALL 2021 SCHEDULE
Sept. 13-14, Hobble Creek Fall Classic, Hobble Creek CC, Springville, UT (Utah Valley), 16th of 17 teams, 320-309-315=944
Sept. 19-21, Coeur d’Alene Resort Collegiate, Coeur d’Alene (ID) Resort (Gonzaga), 17th of 17 teams, 311-316-304=931
Oct. 11-12, Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational, Tacoma CC, Tacoma, WA (Seattle U.), 16th of 20 teams, 312-312-307=931
Oct. 24-26, The Clash at Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek GC, Boulder City, NV (Northern Arizona), 18th of 18, 308-324-310=942
SPRING 2022 SCHEDULE
Feb. 14-15, Mountain Classic Match Play, Classic Club, Palm Desert, CA (Wyoming/Boise State), 3rd of 8 teams, 2-1 in matches
Feb. 28-Mar. 1, Grand Canyon Invitational, Grand Canyon University GC, Phoenix, AZ, 14th of 20 teams, 300-313-305=918
Mar. 19-20, Red Rocks Invitational, Oakcreek CC, Sedona, AZ (Northern Arizona)
Apr. 4-5, Cowgirl Classic, Ak Chin Southern Dunes, Maricopa, AZ (Wyoming)
Apr. 18-20, Big Sky Conference Championship, Talking Stick GC, Scottsdale, AZ