LCSC women's golf team takes NIC Invite title
HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s golf team was triumphant at the two-day North Idaho College Invitational, which wrapped up play on Monday at the Avondale Golf Club. The Warrior men took second.
LCSC’s women’s squad topped the field of six teams with a 54-hole total of 950 (317-306-327). College of Idaho shot a 976 (333-325-318) to take second, and Rocky Mountain College finished third at 1,005 (333-340-332).
“Normally they get tired over the last 36 (holes), and normally we go up in score, but in this case we didn’t,” head coach Paul Thompson about his women’s team. “They just knuckled down and played hard.”
Lewiston native Idah Whisenant (pictured above) led the effort with a 234, just five strokes back of medalist Trish Gibbens of College of Idaho who shot a 229. Brooke Dagner and Karina Davila each came in at 238.
“Rocky is generally one of the teams to beat in the Frontier Conference, so this win feels nice.”
With seven teams participating, the Community Colleges of Spokane took the title on the men’s side with an 883 (291-291-301). LCSC (304-299-296) and North Idaho College (305-296-298) both finished at 899, but the Warriors were named the official second-place finisher because they had the better third-round score.
“Our guys just couldn’t get going,” said Thompson. “It’s a short golf course and it’s really tight, and that actually takes away our advantage. Our team is a long ball hitting team, and we couldn’t use drivers, so it just kind of evened the field up.”
Cole Lorenzo of CCS won the men’s individual medalist honors with a 211. Jason Molner shot a 218 to lead LCSC, while Rylee Iacolucci had a 226, and Drew Reinland ended up at 227.
“We don’t feel like we played real well up here,” Thompson said. “But I’m pleased with this team. It’s one that has a lot of depth. We just need to regroup.”
Up next on Lewis-Clark State’s slate is the Frontier Conference tournaments in Great Falls, Mont. on Oct. 1-2.
Team standings (top three available only) – 1, LCSC 317-306-327—950. 2, College of Idaho 333-325-318—976. 3, Rocky Mountain College 333-340-332—1,005.
Medalist – Trish Gibbens, College of Idaho, 78-76-75—229.
LCSC – Idah Whisenant 77-76-81—234, Brooke Dagner 76-76-86—238, Karina Davila 83-78-77—238, Heather Bruce 81-76-83—240, Morgan Scott 90-89-86—265. Others – Kelsey Haycock 80-95-86—261, Trista Webb 91-95-92—278, Jordan Wyrick 103-91-90—284.
Team standings (top three available only) – 1, Community Colleges of Spokane 291-291-301—883. 2, LCSC 304-299-296—899. 3, North Idaho College 305-296-298—899.
Medalist – Cole Lorenzo, CCS, 66-70-75—211.
LCSC – Jason Molner 74-68-76—218, Rylee Iacolucci 74-77-75—226, Drew Reinland 77-74-76—227, Joel Christensen 79-81-71—231, Bret Hogg 79-80-74—233. Others – James Rooney 78-74-78—230, Aiden Clark 78-75-81—234.