Associate Athletic Director
A day after helping the team to what was its second best single-day score in program history, Adams State College sophomore Kyra Garrison (Farmington, N.M.) achieved the same individual feat as she carded a 75 to help the Grizzlies to an even better round of 319 on the second and final day of the Colorado Christian University Fall Invitational, which also doubled as the first of four mandatory Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference events of the season.
Garrison’s round of 75 was just two shots off the individual school record of 73, set here last year by then senior Kendall Martin. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies’ team score of 319 is the new second best round in the program’s 7-year history and just four shots off the team-record of 315, set on Sept. 27, 2010 when Martin went low.
After posting a 322 on Monday, the Grizzlies finished the 36-hole tournament with a 2-day score of 641, also just four shots off the program-record of 637 set at the aforementioned tournament.
The Grizzlies tied for 5th overall amongst the 12 teams in the field and were third best amongst the eight RMAC schools behind only Western New Mexico and Mesa State, which combined to win four of the last five RMAC regular season titles.
Non-conference power West Texas A&M won the title with a 2-day total of 606, aided tremendously by a 300 on Tuesday. The Lady Buffs also had six of the top seven finishers in the individual standings, one of whom was playing as an individual.
However, Western New Mexico’s Faylyn Beyale held on to win the individual crown with a 2-day total of 147 (+3). She had posted a 2-under par 70 on Monday and held an overnight 5-shot lead that was reduced to three by West Texas A&M’s Eva Rogers and Alisa White, who tied for second at 150 (+6).
Garrison’s 75 helped her finish with a 2-day total of 161, a full four strokes better than her previous career-best of 165 set here and matched again in the spring at the Colorado State-Pueblo Invitational. She also finished tied for second overall with five combined birdies.
Although that tally was impressive, she still finished third in the Grizzlies’ pecking order as freshman Maressa McClintock (Centennial, Colo.) followed up a 78 on Monday with a solid score of 80 on Tuesday to finish 12th at 158. She was the fourth-highest RMAC finisher in the field.
Rachel Reiling, playing in her hometown, also posted a top-20 finish, tying for 17th amongst the 63 players with a 2-day total of 160. She had a double-bogey free 77 on Monday and followed that up with an 83 on Tuesday.
Junior Samantha Hall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) also aided the Tuesday charge tremendously as she matched her career-best by carding an 81 on Tuesday, a full 10-shot improvement over her Monday effort of 91. Hall finished 48th at 172 while freshman Rachel Dyess (Richmond, Texas) tied for 39th at 168. She carded an 87 on Tuesday.
The Grizzlies, coming off their first ever NCAA Tournament team appearance in 2010-11, will look to continue their momentum at home as they will host six of the seven RMAC squads and Northwest (Kan.) Technical College in the Grizzly Invitational, which will be played Sunday and Monday at Cattails Golf Course.