On Saturday Oct. 13 and Sunday Oct. 14, the UC Riverside women’s golf team traveled to Palm Desert to participate in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate. The women’s golf team finished the tournament in fourth place out of 19 teams with a 916 total score.

In the first round of the tournament, the Highlanders were tied for 11th place after a first round score of 316. Amelia Ek led the squad with a score of 73 and Savannah Vilaubi followed suit with 76. In the second round of play on Saturday, the women’s golf team produced a score of 300 and moved up into sixth place. UC Riverside was led by Ek once more as she fired another 73, Vilaubi and Hannah Lee both fired 74. Brittani Ferraro and Christy Fogerty earned scores of 79 and 86, respectively.

The Highlanders found themselves with a score of 300 in the third round, with Amelia’s Ek’s consistent play of 73-73-73 (216). Vilaubi and Fogerty both shot 75 for Riverside and Ferraro shot 77. Lee and Tiffany Koyano was the only Highlander player who did not score in the 70s, with scores of 80 and 82 respectively.

The top player for the Highlanders was Ek as she finished fourth place overall out of 104 individuals. Ek trailed the leader, College of Charleston’s Kathy Boehm 73-68-75 (216), by three shots. Vilaubi was the only other Highlander who shot all three rounds in the 70s and finished in 12th place with 225 (76-74-75). Freshman Lee shot 237 and tied for 45th (83-74-80). Brittani Ferraro tied for 55th with 84-79-77 (240) and Christy Fogerty was best in the third round as she carded a  245 (84-86-75) to tie for 79th. Tiffany Koyano played as an individual and tied for 49th with a 239(79-78-82).

Fresno State had a day-one lead and led the entire tournament as they were rock solid and finished in first place in the event with an 885 score (291-289-305). The second place team was
College of Charleston with an 898 (299-296-303) and Cal State Fullerton followed in third place with 899 (295-307-297).

The Highlanders with a score of 916 (316-300-300), ahead of the other three participating Big West teams. Hawai’i finished in ninth place with 932, Cal Poly finished 11th with 942 and Cal State Northridge finished 15th with 953.

UC Riverside has one week off before traveling to the Santa Clara Colby Invitational on Oct. 22-23 in San Jose.