Weber named Big Sky Golfer of the Week


Montana senior Olivia Weber won her first collegiate golf tournament Tuesday, taking medalist honors at the three-day, three-round Bobcat Invitational at the Riverside Country Club at Bozeman, Mont. Weber's play helped lead the Grizzlies to the team title, which they won in a playoff over Utah Valley.

Weber's spot on cloud nine got extended Wednesday when she was named the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.

Weber was in contention for the individual win all three days at Montana State's tournament, shooting consistent rounds of 74, 73 and 72 to finish 6-over and one shot clear of Southern Utah's Sadie Palmer.

Her aggregate score of 219 was a career low, bettering the 220 she shot while tying for ninth at last April's Big Sky Conference championship.

"I'm excited for Olivia, because she has been striving (to win a tournament title) for quite a while," UM golf coach Emily Milberger said. "It's an exciting way for her to kick off her senior year."

Wednesday's honor was the second player of the week award for Weber, a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who has a 3.95 GPA as a philosophy major. Weber won her first player of the week last November when she tied for ninth at the Challenge at Onion Creek at Austin, Texas, with a then career-best 222.

Weber, who earned second-team All-Big Sky Conference honors as a junior after leading the team with a stroke average of 76.4, spent this past summer in Kenya working for a non-government organization in the area of women's rights.

Her opportunities to play were limited, so Weber used her free time to hone the mental side of her game.

"Olivia was able to play some, but she did a lot of reading and a lot of visualization," Milberger said. "It really shows the power of the mind when it comes to golf.

"Combine that with three weeks of quality time at the course since she's been back, and she caught up quickly."

Montana will be back in action Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25, at the three-round Cougar Cup in Pullman, Wash. The Grizzlies will play 36 holes on the opening day, 18 holes on day two.



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