On Monday, the NCAA women’s golf rankings were announced, and sitting in the 22nd spot were the 2016 Big Sky Conference Champions — the Idaho Vandals.
“It is an honor and a tribute to our team and university to be ranked this high early in the year,” Idaho head coach Lisa Johnson said in a press release. “We will use this as a springboard for the rest of the season.”
Shortly after hearing the good news, the Vandals competed at the Golfweek Conference Challenge Monday through Wednesday in Wolcott, Colorado.
Sophomore Sophie Hausmann sat in fourth place after the first round, firing a 1-under-par 71.
In ninth was senior Amy Hasenoehrl, who shot a 1-over-par 73.
The Vandals totaled 304 after the first round.
On Day Two, Hasenoehrl fired a 2-over-par 74 to finish tied for 22nd. Hausmann finished the second day with a 5-over-par 77.
Idaho sat tied for 11th with 36-hole 602s at the start of the last day.
Hasenoehrl finished the final day with a 4-over-par 76, giving her a total 7-over-par 223 — tied for 33rd.
Hausmann ended with a 5-over-par 77. She ended the tournament with a 9-over-par 225.
The Vandals finished the tournament with a 13th place finish with 30-overpar 894.
San Diego State took the win with a 2-over-par 866.
Idaho takes on Gonzaga Saturday and Sunday in Spokane.
Mihaela Karst can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @mihaela_jo