PORTLAND, Ore. - On a rain-soaked afternoon at Langdon Farms Golf Course and the Rose City Collegiate tournament, sophomore Marissa Borja's first round 75 and standing in a tie for 10th led the EWU women's golf team to sit 10th out of 15 teams with a stroke total of 314 after the first 18 holes Monday. Due to weather, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes instead of 54.
Borja, who has led the team in all but one round this season, went out in 37 and played the back nine in two-over-par (38) to complete a round that also saw her play the course's Par 3s in one under par. Borja was one of just seven golfers to finish the four short holes under par Monday, and was one of 10 more who finished round one with three or more birdies.
Two other Eagle players fired rounds under 80 on Monday. Taylor Crandall's 76 was good enough for second on the team and a spot in the top 25 heading into the final round (T-17th), while true freshman Hannah Kim's 78 has her in a tie for 34th. Kim and Crandall both had front nines of 40, but Crandall had the two-stroke edge on the final nine holes.
Crandall finished the day with the second most pars of any golfer in the tournament, finding an even score on 14 of 18 attempts.
Rounding out the top five for Eastern were Sara Callagy, playing among the team's top five for the first time this season, and Maddie Dodge. Callagy and Dodge came in with scores of 85 and 87, respectively.
As a team, Eastern was fourth among the 15 teams in the number of birdies in the first round, having compiled eight. They were ranked first in the same category among Big Sky Conference teams, outscoring Montana (7), Weber State (6), Portland State (5) and Sacramento State and Northern Colorado, who each had one birdie apiece.
The action will hopefully continue as scheduled Tuesday morning, considering play was delayed for over three hours due to heavy wind and rain on Monday.