Chandler, Ariz. – The Eastern Washington women's golf team currently sits in sixth place after the first day of the 2014 Big Sky Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.
Junior Taylor Crandall had an impressive first round score of 74, shooting two over par to find herself in a three-way tie for third.
Eastern recorded a first round score of 314, just one stroke back of Northern Arizona and seven strokes back of Montana.
"I thought we hung in there pretty well," head coach Brenda Howe said. "I'm really proud of how our underclassmen performed, and I'm encouraged by what I saw from them. It looks like second through ninth is going to be a tight race, so it's important that we start strong and finish strong tomorrow. There's not a whole lot of room for error."
Sophomore Maddie Dodge had a first round score of 82 and currently sits in a four-way tie for 38th.
The Eagles shot a 301 in the opening round of last year's championship. EWU finished tied for sixth a year ago, snapping a streak of four consecutive eighth-place finishes.
Portland State finished with a score of 299 to lead the 11 teams after the first day. Sacramento State (304) and Montana State (305) round out the top three.
Portland State's A Ram Choi was the lone player to finish under par, coming in at -2 to lead all players.