Eagles in Third Heading into Final Round

April 22, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University women's golf team finished day two of the Big Sky Conference Championship in third place, seven strokes back of leader Portland State and one behind Northern Arizona. Kellie Holmstedt remains the top Eagle player in the tournament. She is in third place, as well, three strokes behind first.

Impressively, the remainder of the Eagle five each are in the top 25. Kristina Gargaro (153, 78-75) and Chloe Nelson (153, 77-76) are each tied for eighth, Chelsey Lollar is in a 19th-place tie (156, 75-81) and Marli Mikulecky sits in 23rd (158, 77-81).

On the team leader board, the Vikings shot a 297 today and are pacing the field with an overall score of 603 (306-297). Northern Arizona has carded a 609 (302-307) so far to place second heading into the final day. Following the Eagles are Montana (617, 310-307), Northern Colorado (617, 308-309), Sacramento State (628, 321-307), Montana State (640, 326-314), Weber State (647, 327-320) and Idaho State (657, 336-321).

"You have to tip your cap to Portland State today," head coach Marc Hughes said. "They were very solid, and their No. 5 player (Aubrey Vaughn) chose the perfect time to have her best round of the year (72).

"As far as EWU is concerned, I'm not sure I can really complain about being seven back of the lead. It could have easily been 10 or 15 today, but we hung in there and still have a shot. That's what you want after two rounds and I know we will be competitive tomorrow."

Individually, NAU's Ali Carter is leading the way through two rounds with a 146 (74-72). In second is Hannah Bews of Portland State, while Holmstedt's 149 (71-78) has her in third.

Day three's play will begin at 6:52 a.m. on Wednesday (April 23). The Eagles will start teeing off at 8:07 a.m. Live updates may be followed at www.Golfstat.com. The winner of the tournament claims the Big Sky's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.

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