Blog 194, 4/9/12 - Gebhardt Shoots 76 in Arizona, Goodwin GNAC POW, Another Good Week for Aerotech's SteelFiber

Gebhardt and Freeman won the Grasshopper Tour's team event last week.
A week after partnering former Oregon State teammate Cara Freeman to rounds of 60 and 68 and a three-shot victory in the Grasshopper Tour team event at Pointe GC in Phoenix, Ariz., Jessi Gebhardt has made a disappointing start to her fifth Grasshopper tournament of the season. With a five-over 76 Monday, the Bellingham native is five shots out of the lead held jointly by amateur Jenni Jenq, Ashley Tait, Alena Sharp, and former University of Washington All-American Paige Mackenzie.
The team event win notwithstanding, Gebhardt has had a largely forgettable month, failing narrowly to Monday-qualify for the LPGA Tour's RR Donnelley Founders Cup and missing the cut at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic - her first Symetra Tour event of the 2012 season.
Gebhardt tees off at 7.38 tomorrow morning hoping for a strong finish (only 11 players so she should record another top-ten) ahead of her second Symetra Tour start of the year - the Sara Bay Classic in Sarasota, Fla., on April 20th. On her blog tonight she was typically upbeat. "I am so close to breaking through," she said.
Scores here.

Western's Dylan Goodwin was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for April 1-7 following his eighth-place finish at Barry University's Buccaneer Invitational in Miami Shores, Fla. It is Goodwin's third weekly honor of the season and the seventh of his college career which equals former Viking Jake Koppenberg's record.
Last week's top-ten was Goodwin’s seventh in nine events this season and his 14th in 20 career events with WWU. He currently leads the GNAC with a scoring average of 72.8.

Aerotech's SteelFiber shaft had another strong showing last week, helping Matt Kuchar into a tie for third at the Masters. Kuchar who has played SteelFiber - made by Bellingham-based Aerotech Golf - since 2008, was tied for the lead after a superb eagle at the Par 5 15th but bogeyed the short 16th and eventually finished two shots out of the Bubba Watson/Louis Oosthuizen playoff.

Congratulations to Kris Hunt who shot a 73 to win the Spring Field Day at Lake Padden on Saturday. Mike Hatfield won low Net with a 64.
Scores and money here.
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