GRAND JUNCTION - Grand Canyon University was able to erase Mesa State's eight stroke lead to win the Quality Inn Mavericks Spring Invitational on Tuesday with a team score of 648, three strokes ahead of the Mavericks.
Mavs senior Sadie Peavler was able to hold off a surging Jacqueline Sneddon for a first place tie at the end of regulation. However, Sneddon was awarded the first place trophy after defeating Pevler in a one hole playoff.
The tournament ended up as the best in Peavler's career so far, a great way to finish in the final home tournament of her college golf career. Her first round score of 69 set the school record by three strokes for a single round.
The Mavs finished the tournament with a team score of 651. Regis University was third at 696 followed by Adams State with 709, Chadron State with 734, and CSU-Pueblo with 773.
Grand Canyon's Jennifer Lutz finished in third place in the individual standings behind Sneddon and Peavler. Lutz finished two strokes behind the leaders.
Brittany Anderson (Grand Canyon) and Jessica Berve (Mesa State) finished in a fourth place tie, eight strokes behind the leaders. Mesa State's Jennifer Hilts finished alone in sixth, Afton Balling finished alone in ninth, and Brittani White finished alone in 18th.
The Mavs are now headed to Arizona for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships in Phoenix.
Most likely the Mavs season will continue at the NCAA regional tournament in South Dakota during the first week of May. Currently the Mavs are ranked fifth in the Central Region. The top nine teams in each region qualify for the NCAA Regionals.
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