Eagles Climb One Spot in Standings after Exciting Second Round at Ocotillo
Eastern records lowest round of spring season, led by Stapleton who fires career-low 75
The Eastern Washington University women's golf team improved eight strokes on Tuesday (April 20) in the second round of the 2011 Big Sky Conference Championship, finishing the day at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., with a cumulative team effort of 314.
That second-round score marked the lowest team total recorded by EWU in the 2011 spring season. Eastern, which was in eighth place after day one with its first-round score of 322, now sits in seventh with a 36-hole total of 636.
The Eagles are just behind fifth-place Montana State (623) and sixth-place Sacramento State (624). Defending champion Portland State built a considerable lead on the rest of the field in day two, as the Vikings combined for one-under par 287. PSU's Britney Yada tied the Big Sky Conference low-round record with an impressive four-under par performance (68).
Eastern was led on Tuesday by sophomore Dana Stapleton, who is originally from Scottsdale, Ariz., just 30 miles north of Chandler. Stapleton carded a career-low 75 in the second round, which propelled the sophomore into the top 20 on the individual leaderboard. Stapleton picked up 13 pars in the round, and had one birdie on the 13th hole. She is currently tied for 17th with a 36-hole total of 154.
Sophomore Jayme Carbon cut eight strokes off her score from day one, and tied the lowest round of her spring season with a 78 on Tuesday. Carbon had 10 pars in the round, and also recorded a birdie on hole 13. She is now tied for 34th at 20-over par (164).
Freshman Sara Callagy also made vast improvements in the second round, as she had EWU's third-best score of the day at 80. After recording 11 bogeys and two doubles in the first round, Callagy had just three bogeys and three doubles in the second day of competition. She was also the third Eagle to birdie the 13th hole. Her two-round total is good for a share of 38th place on the current leaderboard.
Senior Kellie Holmstedt carded an 81 for the Eagles in the second round, which puts the North Bend, Ore., native into a tie for 23rd. Holmstedt had eight pars and two birdies on Tuesday, but struggled on the front nine, as she carded three bogeys and two doubles.
Sophomore Morgan Lee shot an 82 in the second round at Ocotillo, and is currently tied for 32nd at 19-over par (163).
As was the case in round two, Eastern will again be in the first grouping that tees off at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time. Idaho State and Weber State will join the Eagles in the pairings for the final round of the 54-hole Big Sky Championship.
Complete results from the first two rounds, and live scoring of the final day at Ocotillo is available via Golfstat at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=2213.