The Creighton women’s golf team traveled to Idaho this week for their first tournament of the fall, placing seventh in a loaded field for a strong season-opening performance.

The Jays were led by junior Katie Allen’s stellar seventh place individual performance, finishing at +4 for the tournament. She was joined in the top ten by freshman Katherine Lemke, who rode a fantastic final day performance of -2 to finish in a tie for tenth.

Rounding out the Jays’ contingent were freshman Eleanor Hudepohl and sophomore Katie Berrian in 54th, and sophomore Gabby Tremblay in 87th.

It was the Jays’ first tournament since their historic third place finish in the Big East tournament last spring, something the program hopes to build on for this fall and spring.

“With that great of a finish last year, we are really motivated because we know we have the chance to do something special,” Allen said.

From coach Debbie Conry’s perspective, building on this finish starts with recruiting well, something she feels she has done this year with freshman additions Hudepohl and Lemke.

“These two have come in ready,” Conry said. “They both have a really good work ethic and have already made the team better.”

For Hudepohl, this smooth transition was made possible by her teammates and the culture of the program.

“The team has been so helpful,” Hudepohl said. “They have set the tone from day one, and I know it is my job to benefit the team in any way I can.”

Adding the two talented freshmen to an already deep squad adds to the anticipation of a team that can build off of last season’s successes.

“From top to bottom, this is one of the best teams I have ever coached at Creighton,” Conry said.

The squad will be back in action on Oct. 4 and 5 in the Stampede at the Creek, hosted by Nebraska-Omaha.

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