Cavaliers Carry Conference To Start Spring Season
Junior Cammie Decker is off to a hot start this spring, highlighted by a top-11 finish at the PLNU Sea Lion Invitational.
Junior Cammie Decker is off to a hot start this spring, highlighted by a top-11 finish at the PLNU Sea Lion Invitational.

Friday, March 1, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two of the conference's six women's golf teams were in action in February across events in the PLNU Sea Lion Invitational and Mikuni Sushi Shootout.

It was Concordia who led the duo, taking fourth place in Lincoln, Calif., at the Shootout with a two-round total of 619. Sophomore Staesha Flock led the way for the Cavaliers in their seventh tournament of the 2018-19 campaign, finishing with rounds of 78 and 72 to tie for 11th against a large field. In total, 72 individuals competed in Lincoln. 

PLNU Sea Lion Invitational (Feb. 4-5 at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.): Team
 – 1, Cal State San Marcos, 303. 6, Concordia, 322. 9, Western Washington, 331. Individuals - 1, Bergen Benedict, Cal State San Marcos, 74. T11, Cammie Decker, Concordia, 78.

Mikuni Sushi Shootout (Feb. 11-12 at Catta Vedera Golf Club, Lincoln, Calif.): Team – 1, Cal State San Marcos, 579 (300-279). 4, Concordia, 619 (314-305). Individuals - 1, Breann Horn, Cal State San Marcos, 144 (76-68). T11, Staesha Flock, Concordia, 150 (78-72).

• The Cavaliers put a lid on the month of February with a fourth-place finish at the Mikuni Sushi Shootout.

• Concordia put together a two-day total of 619 to finish 12 strokes clear of fifth place. The performance came on the heels of a solid sixth-place showing at the PLNU Sea Lion Invitational earlier in the month.

• Sophomore Staesha Flock topped CU at the Shootout, shooting a 6-over-par 150 over the two days. Included in that score was an even-par 72 to cap the tournament, which was her team's lowest individual round at the event.

• It's Keizer, Oregon native Cammie Decker who leads Concordia in scoring average at 76.1. That mark has the junior on top of the conference as the spring season starts to warm up.

• The Cavaliers will be back in action next week, taking to Alameda, Calif. for the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout on March 4-5.  

• Western Washington played just once in February, placing ninth at the weather-shortened PLNU Sea Lion Invitational.

• Sophomore Megan Billeter led the Vikings, carding an 8-over round of 80 to finish tied for 20th. Junior Brianna Esvelt was one stroke back of her teammate and finished in a tie for 24th.

• The team has been paced by junior Lacy Sheldon throughout the 2018-19 campaign. Sheldon's 76.33 scoring average leads WWU and ranks second in the league.

• Up next for WWU is the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout at Corica Park in Alameda, Calif. The tournament will run from March 4-5.

GNAC Women’s Golfer of the Week (Feb. 11, 2019)

Cammie Decker (Concordia, Jr., Keizer, Ore.): Decker opened the spring season as the top GNAC finisher in a rain-shortened PLNU Sea Lion Invitational in San Diego. She carded an 18-hole score of 6-over-par 78 to finish in a five-way tie for 11th place. Decker led the Cavaliers to a sixth-place team finish in a field of 18 teams.