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April 29, 2014

Pair of 5ths for Saints

BREMERTON, Wash. – The 2014 season came to an end for the Ashford University men’s and women’s golf teams Monday. Each team wound up in fifth place at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championships at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

The Ashford men wrapped up the three-round event with a 914. The AU women fired a 686 in the two-round tournament.

Leading the way for the Ashford men was freshman and Pedro Velasco of Saladillo, Argentina. He finished sixth overall with a 75-73-75—223. Another freshman, Sergio Garcia, also turned in a strong showing with an 81-73-75—229 to finish in a tie for 12th place.

Junior Ryan Hilton fired a 232 (80-74-78) and earned a tie for 21st. One shot back of him was freshman Matt Chiasson, who tied for 23rd place with a 233 (77-81-75). Rounding out the scores was junior Jonathan LaRue, whose 237 (80-79-78) tied for 32nd.

The Thunderbirds of the University of British Columbia held on to their Day 1 lead and earned a berth in the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., shooting an 888 to win by 11 strokes.

B.C.’s Conner Kozak earned medalist honors with a 70-75-70—215, knocking down an eagle on the final hole to earn the win.

Topping the scoresheet for the AU women was junior Katelyn Gille, who finished alone in 18th place with a 168 (86-82). Right on her heels was sophomore Taylor Stewart, 20th overall with a 170 (85-85).

Freshman sisters Laura (85-90) and Stephanie Stair (86-89) tied for 22nd with a pair of 175s. Rounding out the Ashford lineup was senior Courtney Gieseman, who finished 28th with a 188 (100-88) in her final career tournament.

British Columbia earned its fourth straight A.I.I. Women’s Golf Championship, firing a 610 to win by 31 shots over second-place University of Victoria (B.C.). Medalist honors went to Houston-Victoria’s Heather Shake, who fired a 75-74—149 to win by two shots.

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