She shoots, she scores — freshman Taylor wins again

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLast week Lauren Taylor became the first freshman in Portland State school history to capture a women’s golf tournament.Tuesday, the Nelson native added another first beside her name in the Portland State record book.Taylor shot a final round 75 to claim the top prize at the Big Sky Conference Anteater Invitational title at Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, CA.With the victory the Granite Pointe at Nelson golfer becomes only the third Viking player to win twice in a career.“I knew she was good, I didn’t know she would be this good, this soon,” Portland State head Coach Kathleen Takaishi said on the university website. “She struggled a little down the stretch, but 17 and 18 aren’t easy holes.”Taylor, the leader following Day one of the two-day tournament, finished with a 218 total, following round of 71, 72 and 75. She won the event by two strokes over Joyce Chong of Nevada and Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho.Taylor had eight birdies over three rounds led the Vikings and now has a 75.75 scoring average in 12 competitive rounds to lead the team.Portland State was also a winner in the team category, edging out Nevada by six shots.The Viks started Tuesday shots being Day one leader Long Beach State by two shots. However, Portland State roared to the top of the leader board to finish the event with an 890 total. UC Irvine was thirds at 899 followed by Long Beach State at 900.Taylor won as a freshman in Irving, CA., at the Folino Invitational Tourney hosted by Cal State Fullerton.The achievement garnered the L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Big Sky Conference player of the week honours.Prior to her win in Irving, Taylor’s best finished was a tie for seventh at the OSU/Washington Triangle event. In two other tournaments in Colorado and Fresno State, the 19-year-old golfer finished 24th and 30th.The Vikings continue the season Monday and Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic before traveling to the Big Sky Championship on April 18-20. Both tournaments take place the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Taylor attends Portland State on a golf scholarship. The West Kootenay Junior Golf graduate is enrolled in first year studies. [email protected]last_img

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