Cougar golf’s first outing ends up in the rough

From staff reports

The sun didn’t shine in Arizona on Sunday, and neither did the Cougars’ women’s golf team. Under partly cloudy skies, the Cougars teed off to a rough start in the first day of the 2015 Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Arizona.

The Westbrook Invitational was played in a “shotgun” format, with the first two rounds played on Sunday and the final round to tee off today at 7:30 a.m.

At the conclusion of the first day, the Cougars found themselves in last place, 35 shots behind leader Tennessee and collectively 27 shots over par.

However, the Cougars showed improvement, as the team shot 18-over par in round one and nine-over par in round two.

Freshman Alivia Brown finished the day tied for ninth at one-under par, shooting a first round 74 (+2) and following up with a 69 (-3). Senior Kristen Rue was next for the Cougars, as she shot three-over par for the first day. Rue carded a first round 72 (E) and finished the second round with a 75 (+3), tied for 30th place.

Freshman BreeLin Wanderscheid, senior Lindsay Harmon and junior Rachel Lewis had a tougher go of it, although all three improved their second round scores over their first round.

Wanderscheid finished tied for 74th at 12-over par, shooting a first round 81 (+9) and wrapping up her day with a second round 75 (+3). Harmon was tied for 76th place after recording a first round 80 (+8) and a second round 77 (+5), and Lewis was tied for 82nd place. Lewis shot a first round 83 (+11) and wrapped up her day with a second round 77 (+5).

As a team, the Cougs recorded 109 pars and 18 birdies.

The final round of the Westbrook Invitational, which tees off at 7:30, can be followed live at

Reporting by Kevin Fisher