April 22, 2014

Keltz gives career day as Women's Golf finishes Big Sky Championships

By KATIE MUCCI
UNCBears.com

CHANDLER, Ariz. – It was a career day for freshman Kala Keltz as she led the Northern Colorado women's golf team through the final round of the Big Sky Conference Championships at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.

The Bears were short two players Tuesday, as sophomores Nicole Okada and Amanda Myers did not compete due to illness. UNC was not qualified to place because the team did not have four golfers compete.

"For their best health we had to pull them off the course," Head Coach Stephen Bidne said. "It's tough as a coach to see that happen to a player, but it was the best decision for their health issues and that's our number one concern. It was really good to see some of the players who weren't sick today stay behind the teammates that were. It shows what the Bears are made of and that we support everyone until the end."

Portland State took the team title, shooting an 895 through the 54-hole competition. A Ram Choi of PSU took the individual title after shooting a five-under score of 67.

Keltz, a freshman from Montrose, Colo., fired a 74 (+2) in the final round, a new career-best, moving from 34th place to finish the competition in a tie for 22nd, the best finish of her career. Her single round score ties Myers and Okada for the best round of the 2013-2014 season by all members of the Bears.  

"Kala came in with a fabulous round today," Bidne said. "She even left a few shots out there. She ended with an awesome 74. It's the best round of the season for her, which is awesome as a freshman."

Freshman Baile Winslow (Overland Park, Kan.) placed 31st through the competition, shooting an 82 (+8) through the last day, for an overall score of 239. This is Winslow's second best finish of the year, behind only her performance at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational.

Jordan Sunset (Boulder, Colo.) was the final golfer for the team, finishing in 47th place, carding an 86 (+14) through the last 18 holes for a final score of 256.

"Overall, as we wrapped up the season, I'm pleased where we're at," Bidne said. "We have all of our players returning next year, so we're taking a step in the right direction. We're excited to pick this up next year and make a good run at it and turn some heads. I'm proud of the girls."