Eagles Record Best Score of Spring Season in First Round of Big Sky Championship

Led by freshman Caitilin Rice, Eagles shoot 314 in opening day at Ocotillo

Although the Eastern Washington University women's golf team sits in a familiar spot after day one of the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship, the Eags are certainly within striking distance of several other squads.

The Eagles shot a cumulative team effort of 314 on Sunday (April 22) at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the day in eighth place, which is right where they have finished in this tournament the last three-consecutive seasons. But EWU is only eight strokes back from fifth-place Weber State, and a mere three strokes behind sixth-place Montana State.

Eastern's first-round effort of 314 is the lowest team score recorded in this spring season, and second-lowest of the entire 2011-12 campaign.

The Eagles were led on Sunday by freshman Caitilin Rice, who fired a four over par 76 in the first round. She picked up 12 pars and had one birdie. Rice was among the top seven golfers in the field in par 3 scoring and ranked in the top 10 in par 4s. The rookie out of Seattle, Wash., is currently tied for 16th on the individual leaderboard.

Playing in the No. 4 slot for EWU, sophomore Sara Callagy turned in a 78 - the second-lowest round of her career, and her lowest in the last 14 rounds played. Callagy is tied for 22nd heading into day two of the championship.

Junior Morgan Lee was one stroke back at 79, while fellow junior Jayme Carbon rounded out the scoring for EWU with an 81.

The Eagles will be paired with Idaho State and Portland State for round two, which begins Monday (April 23) at 6:30 a.m. The Bengals are in last place after a first-round effort of 334, while the Vikings maintain a slight two-stroke edge over Eastern at 312.

Northern Colorado is leading the field after firing a school-record round of 290, which also ties the fourth-lowest round in Big Sky Championship history. Sacramento State is in second at 296, followed by Northern Arizona at 298.

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