Carly Dehlin tied for first through 54 holes and finished second in a two-hole playoff, while Ana Raga finished the tournament in third and the Utah Valley University women's golf team ended the GCU Invitational in second place on Sunday afternoon at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.
As a team, the Wolverines shot a 25-over-par 889 (300-297-292—889). The second-place finish is the best team result of the season for Utah Valley. UVU hit par a tournament-high 184 times and sunk a total of 23 birdies.
Dehlin finished the three rounds with a 3-over-par 219 (74-73-72—219) to place her in a tie for first with Montana State's Kelly Hooper. The two proceeded to replay the 18th hole as a playoff and both birdied the hole. On the second try, Hooper sunk a birdie to take home individual medalist honor, while Dehlin hit par and finished second.
Raga ended the competition just two strokes behind Dehlin with a 5-over-par 221 (75-72-74—221). Raga's strong play saw her finish in third place in the individual standings. Keila Balada joined her teammates in the top 10 as she finished in ninth place behind a 7-over-par 223 (75-75-73—223).
Sophomore Kaylee Shimizu had a strong finish to the tournament with her best round on Sunday. Shimizu placed 22nd after shooting an 11-over-par 227 (76-78-73—227). Bailey Henley rounded out UVU's team competition by shooting a 21-over-par 237 (76-77-84—237), which placed her in 55th.
Justine Lauer and Isabella Lesa competed as individual players at the invitational for Utah Valley, though their scores did not count toward the Wolverines' team score. The two completed the highest finishes among such players at the competition. Lauer finished in 15th on an 8-over-par 224 (78-74-72—224), while Lesa shot a 13-over-par 229 (79-76-74—229) to place 27th.
Portland State surpassed UVU on the tournament's final day to place first in the team standings by two strokes. Behind the Wolverines was Northern Colorado, host-school Grand Canyon and Seattle U. Oakland placed sixth and was followed by South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and Montana State and CSU Bakersfield tied for ninth. Montana and Eastern Washington took 11th and 12th, while Cleveland State and Creighton tied for 13th. Oakland's B team finished the competition in 15th.
Utah Valley now prepares to compete in the Entrada Classic in Saint George, Utah, which is hosted by in-state rival BYU. The tournament will take place on March 12-13, and consists of 54 holes.