April 22, 2013

Eastern Falls to Seventh in Second Round of Conference Championship

With 18 holes to play, Eagles still in reach of upper half of standings at Big Sky Championship

The Eastern Washington University women’s golf team had a solid second round at the 2013 Big Sky Championship Monday (April 22) in Chandler, Ariz., but unfortunately multiple teams scored lower on the day, moving the Eagles down into seventh place with one round remaining.

EWU shot a total of 312 on the day giving them a total of 613 (301, 312) going into the third round. Although the second score appeared to be a struggle in comparison to their season best first round score of 301, head coach Brenda Howe still found it to be a strong day for the team.

“I’m pleased with how we played overall,” said Howe. “I know we dropped a couple spots, but 312 is a decent score for us and is well below our season average.”

Eastern entered the day tied for fourth with Weber State, but moved down to the seventh position after strong second rounds by multiple schools. Defending champion Northern Colorado shot a 295 to move into third place (599). Southern Utah tallied a 299 to move into the fifth spot (605). Weber State sits in sixth just two strokes ahead of EWU after a second-round score of 310 (611).

“A couple of teams had amazing rounds today and in golf there isn’t much you can do about that,” said Howe.

Senior Jayme Carbon recorded the lowest score on the day for the Eagles with a 75. She converted four birdies in the second round and is currently tied for 15th individually.

Freshman Marissa Borja carded a 77 on the day with 13 pars. With a two-round total of 150 (73, 77), she sits at six over par for the tournament and is 13th going into the final 18 holes.

Caitilin Rice
turned in another consistent round, shooting a 77 along with four birdies to stand 20th overall.

Sara Callagy
and Morgan Lee each had a score of 83 in the second.

“Although we counted a fairly high score, we were consistent with the one, two and three scores,” said Howe. “I feel we’ve come a long way in the last year and I’m excited with the play I’m seeing from our younger players.”

The Eagles will be paired up with eighth place Montana (629) and Montana State (629) in the third and final round. Action will pick back up at Ocotillo Resort Tuesday (April 23) at 6:30 a.m.

“We need to focus on maintaining the lead we've created, and play to our ability,” said Howe. “With a good round tomorrow, I feel as though we are within reach of the middle of the pack and going into this week that was a goal of ours.”

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