San Jose State continues WAC reign
Brumbaugh leads charge for Spartans by firing final-round 69
MESA, Ariz. -- San Jose State won its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship on Wednesday after shooting a 295 in the final round at the Longbow Golf Club and winning the title by 13 shots. The Spartans' 877 total is their best tournament score of the year.
Jennifer Brumbaugh shot the low round of the day for the Spartans with a three-under 69, to finish third at one-under 215, and was named a first-team All-WAC honoree. She led the tournament with 14 birdes including five in the final round.
"This was a great week for all of us," Brumbaugh said. "I'm happy with the way I played. I was determined to score and made it happen. The All-WAC honor is just icing on the cake. It is validation of the work I have done and the improvements I've made. I was able to take advantage of my length on the par fives [where she was five-under par]."
Madeleine Ziegert finished fourth, one stroke behind Brumbaugh, at 216 after shooting a 72 in her final round. She is a first-team All-WAC performer and the first Spartan to compete in and win four WAC team championships.
"I'm amazed," Ziegert said, who has never finished outside the top-10 in her four WAC Championship appearances. "We all played so well and really helped and rooted for each other. I am so proud to be a Spartan. The way we played as a team over the last two tournament just gives us more confidence as we head into the Regionals"
Kathleen Rojas finished tied for fifth at 220 with a 76 in her final round, while Megan Osland was tied for 11th at 226 and tied for the championship lead with 37 pars. They were both named second-team All-WAC honorees.
"One year ago, when I was in high school, I just wanted to have a chance to play Division I golf," Rojas said. "To make the team and earn the right to travel was great, but to win a conference championship and now be going to the NCAA Regionals is unbelievable."
Rachelle Reali finished tied for 21st at 233.
For the third time in his coaching career, John Dormann was honored by the WAC as he was named the Co-Coach of the Year. He shared honors with Idaho coach Lisa Johnson.
"What made me the happiest was we took control of this tournament from day one and never let go," Dormann said. "From where this team was at the beginning of the year to where they are now is a testament to them. This feeling, this winning feeling, is something I can never get enough of."