Sept. 10, 2009
The Cal State Northridge women's golf team tees it up for the first time in 2009-2010 as the Matadors head to Spokane, Wash. to compete at the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational. The two-day tournament opens with 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 14 and concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The tournament, hosted by Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, will be played at Hangman Valley Golf Course (par 72, 6,077 yards) in Spokane, Wash. 14 teams will compete in the tournament with Portland State the defending team champion and the Vikings' Stephanie Johns the medalist a season ago.
Northridge Head Coach Bonnie Murphy, who heads into ninth season, takes a squad featuring two juniors, a pair of sophomores and one true freshman. Junior Ashlee Nagamine (Aiea, Hawai'i) is the Matadors' top returning player from 2008-09 as she posted an 80.7 stroke average. Nagamine also had four top-20 finishes for the Matadors last season. Fellow junior Maurissa Medina (Fresno, Calif.), who brings in the best scoring average from the preseason, finished with an 84.8 stroke average last season.
Sophomores Kendall Patten (Quartz Hill, Calif.) and Lady Samson (Valencia, Calif.), who both saw plenty of tournament action as true freshman, will be counted on for low scores in the season-opening tournament. Samson finished third on the squad last season with an 81.0 average and had a pair of top-20 finishes while Patten posted an 83.2 average.
True freshman Clariss Guce (Artesia, Calif.) makes her Matador debut at the Bulldog and Eagle Invitational but was a solid scorer at both Gahr High School and Cerritos High School.
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