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The North Dakota women's golf team wrapped up its second Big Sky Championship 20 shots better than its inaugural showing i 2013.
UND concludes Big Sky Championship with spring best
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Updated: Wednesday 04/22/2014 18:25:59 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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Chandler, Ariz. - The North Dakota women's golf team was determined to put a shaky second round behind them and finish the spring season on a strong note at the 2014 Big Sky Championship.

And, when three golfers equal or exceed their best rounds of the spring, finishing with that desired outcome was a foregone conclusion. Led by sophomore Sadie Martin, freshman Dani DelGreco and Junior Amanda Fairweather, the Green and White posted its lowest team score of the spring with a 315 (+27) on Tuesday at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.

Martin shot a 74 (+2), which equaled her low round of the season, and finished in 16th place overall, while DelGreco equaled best round of the spring with a 78 (+6) and Fairweather topped her best round of the season with an 80 (+8).

"We came here wanting to improve from last season and return to the form we showed in the fall," UND head coach Natalie Martinson said. "We struggled on the back nine yesterday to bring our score up a bit, but I was really proud of the way we responded and finished up today on a high note."

The 315 (+27) was 18 strokes better than Monday's second round and coupled with Sunday's 327 gave the team a 975 total, which wa 20 strokes better than its showing from the 2013 event. UND also ended up in ninth place after Northern Colorado was unable to field a full lineup after two its players withdrew due to illness.

Portland State's A Ram Choi ran away with medalist honors after tying the tournament record wit a final-round 67 (-5). Her record-tying score propelled the Vikings to a team score of 290 (+2), which was the low round of the 54-hole event.

Tied with Sacramento State entering the day, Choi got PSU off to a fast start with a 32 (-4) on the front side and the Vikings were never threatened, finishing at 895 (+29). The Hornets took second at 910 (+44), while SUU put together another solid round to wind up in third at 915 (+49).

Martin shot a even-par 36 on the front side as a pair of birdies off set to bogeys. She parred the first five holes on the back nine before bogeys on No. 15 and No. 17 put her score at 74 (+2).

Martin opened the season with what was her best round at the Cobber Open before equaling that on the par-72, 6,276-yard layout in Arizona in her final round of her sophomore campaign.

DelGreco was steady throughout her final 18 holes - turning in 38 (+2) and shooting a 40 (+4) on the back side. She improved her score by six strokes for the second straight day after opening with a 90 and following that with an 84 in round two. 

Fairweather equaled Martin's 38 (+2) on the back nine after going 44-46 during the first two rounds on that side.

"We got contributions from everyone in our lineup this week and that was good to see," Martinson added. "We have a young team and all five of these golfers will be back next season, so there is a lot to build on in the offseason and we'll have some confidence to take with us."

Big Sky Championship Team Scores
1 Portland State 299-306-290 = 895 (+29)
2 Sacramento State 304-301-305 = 910 (+44)
3 Southern Utah 317-303-295 = 915 (+49)
4 Montana 306-314-304 = 924 (+58)
5 Northern Arizona 313-305-314 = 932 (+66)
6 Montana State 305-313-315 = 933 (+67)
7 Eastern Washington    314-309-323 = 946 (+80)
8 Weber State 318-318-315 = 951 (+85)
9 North Dakota 327-333-315 = 975 (+109)
10 Idaho State  347-344-339 = 1030 (+164)
11 Northern Colorado 319-320-D = DNF 

UND Individuals

16 Sadie Martin 76-82-74 = 232 (+16)
38 Mikayla Kromy 79-83-83 = 245 (+29)
43 Dani DelGreco 90-84-78 = 252 (+36)
t44 Amanda Fairweather 89-84-80 = 253 (+37)
t44 Alexis Guggisberg  83-85-85 = 253 (+37)

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