High School Sports

College notebook: Two SMU athletes honored by GNAC

Shooting an 11-over par 84 is abnormal for Jennifer Liedes.

The Saint Martin’s University senior golfer quickly dropped down the leaderboard to close out the SMU tournament tied for seventh on Oct. 10.

Three days later, Liedes rallied to win the Western Washington University Invitational with a total score of 1-under par 145. She shot a 2-under par 71— which tied for the tournament’s low-round score — to open the event.

“She told me (the second round of the SMU tournament) really fueled her focus for the Western tournament,” SMU coach Bob Grisham said.

This week, Liedes was selected by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as women’s golfer of the week. It’s the first time she’s been recognized by the conference this season, and the seventh time in her career.

“Her play this fall has been very consistent,” Grisham said. “She’s a very steady player.”

Grisham said the bounce back after the final round of the SMU tournament signals a noticeable turn in Liedes’ play.

“She’s been able to now, I think, get beyond a bad shot, bad hole, bad round, and channels that more into being focused on the next shot, next hole, next round,” Grisham said. “It’s a maturity piece.”

SMU travels to Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Sunday for the Dennis Rose Invitational to wrap up the fall season.

Golfstat has the Saints ranked 30th in the nation at the Division II level.

Zimmer recognized for defense

SMU junior Jake Zimmer was named the GNAC men’s soccer defensive player of the week.

Zimmer, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, is in his first season playing at center back.

He picked up his first assist of the season in the 90th minute against WWU on Thursday as the Saints edged the Vikings, 2-1. Zimmer also helped the Saints shut out Simon Fraser in the first half Saturday before Simon Fraser scored on a penalty kick in the 68th minute to pick up the 1-0 win.

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