Khoo Records First Top-Five Finish
Feb. 17, 2013
STANFORD, Calif – Nevada Freshman Caryn Khoo shot a career-low 69 on Sunday and tied for fifth in the Peg Barnard Invitational hosted by Stanford.
The finish marks Khoo’s first top-five finish and gives the freshman back-to-back top-10 finishes after a tie for sixth last week when she tied for sixth at the Gold Rush. She shot rounds of 73-69 for the two-round Stanford event to lead Nevada.
After a slow start in round one, The Wolf Pack came out strong in the second round and shot 296 as a team. With the round of 296, which ties for the lowest round of the year for the Pack, Nevada jumped two spots into eighth place. The Wolf Pack also beat fellow Mountain West schools Fresno State, which finished ninth, and New Mexico, which finished 11th.
“We had kind of a slow start today,” said head coach Chad Spencer. “But the last six holes were great and we really picked it up. It is always great to beat the two other Mountain West teams we played against. It shows us we stack up well in the conference.”
Freshman Carly Simpson shot a five over-76 and finished the tournament tied for 26th, which is the best finish of her career. Sophomore Nikki Prichard rebounded from a slow start on Saturday and shot a 3 over 74 in the final round to finish the tournament tied for 42nd. Senior Louise Yi finished in 53rdplace. Sophomore Bethany Wurster finished the tournament in 71st place.
“We are getting back into the swing of things,” said Spencer. “Our goal is to be peaking by the time the MWC tournament rolls around.”
The host school, Stanford, won the team title by 14 strokes over Cal. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse won the individual title.
The Wolf Pack will be back at it in March 18-19, when it travels to St. George, Utah to play in the BYU Entrada Classic.