Feb. 12, 2007
Beaumont, Calif. -
Showing the effects of a four-month layoff, Western Washington University is 12th among 17 teams after opening-day action Monday at the third annual UC Riverside Lady Braveheart Challenge Women's Golf Tournament being played at the Oak Valley Golf Club. The final round is Tuesday.
Defending champion San Diego State is tied with UC Davis for first-place at 309 in a field made up primarily of NCAA Division I schools. That is 10 strokes better than third-place Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The Vikings shot 333 in the first round of the spring portion of their schedule. They last competed on Oct. 10, wrapping up a 22-stroke victory at the WWU Invitational.
"It wasn't our best day," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "No excuses, but you could tell that we were a little rusty. It's a tough course. The greens are very difficult and we putted very poorly. I don't think we made a putt outside of six feet."
Catherine Kim (Jr., Bellevue/Skyline) led the Vikings, shooting a 7-over par 79.
Completing Western's scores were Breanna Carmichael (Fr., Tacoma/Bellarmine) 82, Katie Bender (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) and Jennifer Noland (Jr., Kennewick/Southridge), tied at 86, and Lianne Matkin (Fr., Spokane/Northwest Christian) 91.
Tied for first in medalist play at even par 72 are UC Davis teammates Bryana Gregory and Sydney Roughton. One stroke behind is UC Riverside's Jennifer Bermingham.