Freshman Marissa Borja leads EWU in spring debut, picking up the second-most pars of any player at the tournament on day one
Led by a seven-over par 79 from freshman Marissa Borja, the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team is currently in seventh place after the first day of competition at The Lumberjack at Ocotillo.
Playing on green grass for the first time in nearly four months, the Eagles shot a first-round score of 336 on Monday (Feb. 11) at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. Eastern sits in seventh place out of 11 total teams, eight of which hail from the Big Sky Conference.
The Eagles are two strokes ahead of Montana State, and lead North Dakota and Idaho State by 23 and 44, respectively. Eastern is trailing defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado (334) by a mere two strokes.
Eastern will play another 18 holes on Tuesday (Feb. 12) before finishing with a final round of 18 on Wednesday (Feb. 13). The Ocotillo Golf Resort is also home to the 2013 Big Sky Championship, held April 21-23.
“The scores were little high, but that is to be expected this time of year. I think across the board, they will be lower tomorrow. I am hoping some of the cobwebs are gone,” said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. “The course is set up quite a bit longer than what we play it at the conference tournament. There are long par threes, with water surrounding the greens, so there are some challenges there. But overall, I thought we played okay today in our first round back.”
Borja picked up 13 pars in the first round - the second-most of all 65 players at the event. She finished at four over par (79) for a share of 11th place on the current leaderboard.
Junior Sara Callagy shot an 83, followed by senior Jayme Carbon, who was one stroke back at 84. Both players are in the top 30 after day one.
Sophomore Caitilin Rice and freshman Maddie Dodge both carded a 90 in their first round.
McNeese State leads the field with a total team effort 300, followed by host Northern Arizona (316) and Weber State (237).