Freshman Rice continues to pace Eastern with another top 20 performance in round two
The Eastern Washington University women's golf team was on pace for another decent day at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., but encountered an unfortunate incident that left the team in a tough position at the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship. After an inadvertent error in score reporting, the Eagles ended up with a second-round total of 323. So after 36 holes, Eastern sits in eighth place with a cumulative team effort of 637 (314-323).
Eastern was not able to count the score turned in by sophomore Sara Callagy, which would have given EWU a total team score of 314 - the same score it carded in the first round of the championship, and its best of the entire spring season. Before disqualification, Callagy had fired an 82.
Having that score would not have changed Eastern's current position of eighth, but the team would have been in a slightly better spot to make a move on seventh-place Montana State. The Bobcats fired a 313 on Monday for a two-round total of 624, which now puts them 13 strokes ahead of the Eagles.
"We took a bit of a hit today, but it was a completely unintentional error, and by no means was it the first time such a thing has happened in college golf, and it won't be the last," said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. "Overall, I am really quite proud with how our team has performed this week."
Freshman Caitilin Rice led EWU for the second day in a row with her five over par 77. Rice had two birdies in the round, while picking up 10 pars. She is currently tied for 17th on the leader board.
"It is really encouraging to see a freshman come out and compete as well as Caitilin has," complimented Howe. "In fact, she could have had an even better score today, but caught a couple bad breaks on the greens of her finishing holes. I've been very impressed with her efforts."
Junior Morgan Lee also carded a 77 in the second round to finish the day tied for 27th. Fellow junior Jayme Carbon shaved three strokes off her first-round total to shoot a 78 on day two. Carbon is tied for 31st heading into the third and final round at Ocotillo.
With Callagy's 82 deemed ineligible, junior Neddy Martinez rounded out the scoring for EWU with a 91.
The final round of the Big Sky Championship will get underway on Tuesday (April 24) at 6:30 a.m. Eastern, with all five of its players eligible again, will play alongside Idaho State and Montana State. Live Scoring of the event is avalable via www.golfstatresults.com.