Eastern shoots best round of the season and sits just two strokes out of second place at BSC Championship
The Eastern Washington University women’s golf team got
off to a hot start to begin the 2013 Big Sky Golf Championship
Sunday (April 21), shooting consistent individually and tallying
their lowest scoring round of the season to sit tied for fourth
with two rounds to play at Ocotillo Resort in Chandler, Ariz.
The Eagles cumulated a score of 301 in the first round, their best of the season by five strokes (306, Jackrabbit Invitational). It is also the best score by an Eastern squad since the 2007-08 season, when the team shot a 300 in the first round of the 2008 BSC Championship and went on to place third.
Through 18 holes, that puts them in a tie with Weber State for the fourth spot and just a stroke behind Sacramento State (third, 300) and two strokes behind Northern Arizona (second, 299). Portland State, who has won three of the last four Big Sky team titles, currently holds the lead with a 290.
“Obviously I’m really excited and happy where we’re positioned,” said head coach Brenda Howe. “Sitting tied for fourth is great considering we were picked to finish ninth.”
Leading the way for Eastern was freshman Marissa Borja, who shot 17 pars on the day along with just one bogey for a score of 73. She currently sits in the top ten individually as that score put her in a six-way tie for fifth.
Jayme Carbon, Caitilin Rice and Sara Callagy each carded a 76 on the day, positioning themselves in a three-way tie with each other for 20th individually. Carbon had 11 pars and two birdies in the first go-around. Rice tied her season-best score and had 12 pars and two birdies. Callagy’s season-best score included 12 pars along with a birdy on the par-3 seventh hole.
Senior Morgan Lee shot an 83 in the first round, ranking her 40th individually.
“I was really proud of the girls today and how well they performed,” said Howe. “This last week we talked a lot about eliminating errors and that has seemed to make a big difference in our scores. We also took some risks here and there trying to go for birdies and they mostly paid off.”
EWU will be paired with Weber State and defending champion Northern Colorado (sixth, 304) in the second round, which will begin Monday (April 22) at 6:30 a.m.
“It’s really tight between us and some of the other schools,” said Howe. “Hopefully we can continue to maintain that competitive edge in the next two rounds.”