Sophomores Ashley Croft and Elle Kocourkova placed in a tie for eighth as the Northern Arizona women's golf team finished in fourth place with a collective 32-over performance at the Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Wednesday, sliding back two spots on the final day.

Host New Mexico State won the title at 3-under. Northern Arizona went 12-over for the second straight round Wednesday.

It was the second top-four team finish of the fall season for the Lumberjacks.

Croft collected her first top-10 finish of the 2019 fall season after shooting 3-under-par 69 in the third round, the lowest round of her collegiate career. She recorded four birdies on the front nine to propel her from 15th place to eighth on the final day.

"Ashley had a good mindset after she shot for bogey on first hole," said head women's golf coach Brad Bedortha. "She bounced back and handled herself really well. For her to have a career low round today was a really big deal."

Fellow sophomore Aleksandra Chekalina posted a 7-over-par 79 in the last round to finish at 14-over and tied for 35th.

The Lumberjacks will return to the links on Oct. 20 for the 42nd annual FIU Pat Bradley Invitational hosted by Florida International in Bradenton, Florida.


The Lumberjacks are home this weekend for a pair of matches, as they are set to face Montana Friday at 7 p.m. and Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Lumberjack Stadium.

Last year Montana won the Big Sky championships.

Montana currently holds the first-place spot in the Big Sky after winning three conference games in a row.

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