PULLMAN, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's golf team completed another solid tournament Tuesday with a second-place finish in the WSU Cougar Cup, a school record 882 and freshman Raychelle Santos finished fifth overall at 217.
Santos and senior Victoria Fallgren were in a four-way tie for first at even-par 144 entering Tuesday's final round. Santos shot a 1-over 73 and Fallgren a 2-over 74 on the 6,200-yard, par 72 Palouse Ridge Golf Course layout, Fallgren finishing tied for sixth.
Kristen Rue of host Washington State University shot a final-round 68 for a 4-shot victory.
Genavive 'Genna' Dodge had a final-round 75 and a 54-hole score of 222 to tie for 10th, giving the Bulldogs three golfers in the top 10.
"We had a great day today. To be in the final group and to shoot the low score of the day is solid. To pass WSU and to fall only five shots behind Cal is a big step for this program. To beat Cal in the final round by four means a lot to us." Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said. "To set a school record during a windy day with the tournament on the line shows how far we have come. We threw out a 75 today (top four team scores count), a total team effort. I am proud of how we are going about our business and how our team has bought into our system and style of golf. "
Cal finished in the top 15 in two polls last season. Gonzaga was five shots behind WSU and nine shots behind the Golden Bears following Monday's 36 holes.
Santos birdied the 530-yard par 5 to go 1-under on the front nine, but gave it back with a bogey on the 476-yard par 5 ninth. She had two birdies - including the 475-yard par 5 17th - and a bogey and double-bogey on the back nine. She set a 54-hole school record of 215 in her first collegiate event two weeks ago.
Fallgren, meanwhile, birdied the opening hole and bogeyed the 530-yard par 5 fifth. She made par on 13 of the final 14 holes, a double-bogey 5 on the 133-yard par 3 11th her only blemish on the back nine.
Dodge, returning to form after missing last fall due to shoulder surgery, had a birdie-free round 15 pars with bogeys on the third, fifth and eighth holes.
The 54-hole score of 882 surpassed the school record set of 891 set in the season opener, and the final-round 292 was a Gonzaga single-round team record.
The Bulldogs will be idle until Oct. 8-10 when they compete in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at famed Sahalee Country Club.