Playing for the third year in a row at Langdon Farms, Eagles look to be more competitive among familiar field
It is a familiar event for the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team, but it hasn’t been a friendly one in recent years. After finishing at the bottom of the team leaderboard the last two seasons, the Eagles will look to improve their standing this year at the 3rd Annual Rose City Collegiate. The event, hosted by Portland State, will take place Oct. 1-2 and the Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.
The course will play as a 6,080 yard, par 72. Monday will consist of 36 holes of continuous play beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Teams will finish with a final 18 holes on Tuesday.
Eastern is one of 13 teams competing in the Rose City Collegiate, with most of that field following a similar fall schedule as EWU. The Eagles have in fact seen 10 of the 12 other teams in this tournament already in the 2012 season.
Eastern will however get its first look at defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado, and will also see four other conference rivals in Montana State, Northern Arizona, Weber State and host-Portland State.
Playing in the No. 1 spot this week will be freshman Marissa Borja (Spring Valley, Calif.), who led the Eagles at their most recent tournament in Pullman, Wash. Borja finished among the top 30 at the WSU Cougar Cup with an impressive 54-hole total of 229 (75-76-78).
She helped EWU post a second-round score of 308 last week at Palouse Ridge, which was lowest single-round score turned in by an Eagle squad since 2010. Eastern will aim to repeat that performance in all three rounds at the Rose City, but they will have to do it a very young lineup in place.
Sophomore Caitilin Rice (Seattle, Wash.) will play in the No. 2 spot, while freshman Maddie Dodge (Post Falls, Idaho) will tee off at No. 3. The only upperclassmen competing in red and white will be senior Jayme Carbon (Auburn, Wash.), who will play at No. 4. Freshman Taylor Anderson (Moscow, Idaho) will round out the scorers for EWU at No. 5.