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Women's Golf - Tue, Sep. 26, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Photo by Eric Thorson
Photo by Eric Thorson

SALINAS, CA – Hope International opened its 2017-18 season at the California Bays Invitational hosted by CSU Monterey Bay on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25 & 26. The Royals put five golfers on the course and finished eighth in a field of nine teams otherwise comprised of NCAA opponents in the two-round tournament.

HIU competed against seven NCAA Division II programs and an NCAA DIII opponent with full five-player teams entered, as well as a pair of golfers from GSAC foe Menlo that competed as individuals. The two-day tournament took place at Corral de Tierra with winds between two and eight miles per hour, sunny skies, and a total yardage of 5965 for the course.

Keilee Bessho led the team with a 161 final card – 17 strokes above the tournament par – after shooting a 79 in round one and an 82 in round two. Bessho made par on 18 holes and birdied twice to lead the HIU team and finished in a three-way tie for 18th in a field of 53 golfers. Bessho was also the top NAIA golfer in the field, ending the tournament 16 strokes better than her Menlo competitors and 18 better than her nearest tournament teammate.

Meghan Kenny made par four times in round one and three times in round two along with a birdie on hole two en route to a final card of 179 – 35 strokes over par – and finished in 41st, two strokes behind a three-way tie for 39th with the two Menlo golfers.

Jenny Ho made her collegiate debut for HIU with rounds of 95 and 97, ending with a card of 192 – 48 strokes over par – and was the 46th finisher overall in the field. Ellie Turner made par on four occasions and ended with a total card of 198 – 54 strokes over par – in 50th overall. Koko Terada rounded out the Royals' lineup and the overall field with a card of 202 at 58 strokes over for the tournament.

HIU will hit the links on the practice course for the next few weeks before returning to the playing greens on Oct. 9 and 10 in the Embry-Riddle (AZ) Co-Ed Invitational tournament.

 
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