Johns helps PSU claim conference crown
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Former Ashland High golfer Stephanie Johns helped the Portland State women's team to its fifth Big Sky Conference championship since 2003 Wednesday at Ocotillo Golf Club.
Johns, a senior, tied for sixth place with a three-day score of 228. Her round were 75, 73 and 78.
Johns' score was 10 better than last year, when she tied for 16th in the Big Sky.
PSU was led by co-third-place finisher Britney Yada, who shot a 220.
The Vikings overcame heavily favored Northern Arizona and qualified for the NCAA regionals May 5-8.
Northern Arizona was the preseason choice to claim the title and had six players earn first- or second-team all-Big Sky Conference honors. The Viking were picked to place fourth.
NAU led after Day 1 by a shot, but Portland State was tied for the lead after the second day.
PSU shot 309 Wednesday for a 900 total. Sacramento State was second at 902 and Northern Arizona third at 904.
NAU's Stephanie Kim won the individual title, shooting 216.
That total was 10 shots better than her performance at the Big Sky Championship in 2009 when she tied for 16th.
Johns has a scoring average of 76.25, which is a school-record pace.
OSU FIFTH — At Gainesville, Fla., eighth-ranked Oregon State placed fifth in the afternoon semifinal of the NCAA championships and failed to advance to today's Super Six.
However, senior Mandi Rodriguez and freshman Makayla Stambaugh qualified for individual competition Saturday.
UCLA (196.875), Utah (196.625) and Oklahoma (196.550) advanced from the afternoon session. OSU scored 196.050.
Rodriguez advanced in the vault with a runner-up score of 9.925, and Stambaugh did so in the floor exercise, tying for second at 9.900.