By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor

The women’s golf team teed off their spring season on Monday and Tuesday in the El Diablo Intercollegiate Tournament where they finished in 11th place on Tuesday afternoon.The team’s first outing of the spring saw the Lady Colonels finish their second round in the morning before completing the 54-hole event that afternoon. Eastern’s final tally in the tournament was 972. Western Carolina won the event with a score of 918.

The Lady Colonels ended day one in 7th place, but were only 10 shots behind the leader and only five strokes out of the top five.

Eastern carded a second-round total of 336, with no player finding a way to record a score in the 70s. Western Carolina put the finishing touches on the championship in the third round, shooting a tournament low 297, leaving the other teams to play for second place.

The Lady Colonels were led by Leah Larkin, who shot a 54-hole total of 242

after recording a 78 in the final round. Larkin completed the event in a tie for 34th place.

Kelly Flynn finished tied for 36th overall, carding consecutive 83s in the final two rounds for a total of 243. Jennifer Sullivan was the next low player for the ladies, scoring 244 over the tournament’s 54 holes.

Brittainy Klein and Tamara Thompson rounded out Eastern’s scoring with 250 and 257. Beth Van Hoose also played as an individual for the Lady Colonels, finishing the event tied for 74th with a final score of 257.

The Lady Colonels shot an opening round total of 318 during the opening 18 holes of competition, putting them only 10 shots behind leader, Yale. The team’s second round was shortened due to rain, but that round was scheduled for completion on Tuesday as well as the final 18 holes of the tournament.

Eastern was paced by Kelly Flynn’s opening round 77, putting her in a tie for 12th place. Nipping at Flynn’s heels was Jennifer Sullivan, who carded a 79 on the day, leaving her in a tie for 22nd.

Leah Larkin and Brittainy Klein each shot 81 on the day, placing them tied for 35th. Tamara Thompson tallied an opening loop of 95, tying her for 91st place.

“I was pleased with the way we played in the tournament as a whole especially since it was our first tournament of the spring,” said Stephens.

The girls spent several days preparing for the tournament in Florida and were able to get off to a better start this spring. However, Stephens said that she thought the girls began to get a little tired and therefore, made some mental mistakes in their second day performances.

“In our second round we fizzled,” said Stephens.

The Colonels were able to make a good showing in their first tournament. According to Stephens, the girls are much further along this year. They have more confidence and got off to a much better start this spring than last year.

The Lady Colonels will return to the links for their next tournament on

March 27 through March 29 at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.