Western tied for eighth after opening day at Rollins Invitational
March 6, 2006
WINTER SPRINGS, Florida - Facing its toughest competition of the regular season, the unbeaten Western Washington University women's golf team is tied for eighth following opening-day action Monday in the 13-team Rollins College Invitational Tournament being played at the Tuscawilla Country Club.
The final round takes place Tuesday.
The Vikings, No.7 nationally in the latest Golfstat/NCAA Division II rating, had rounds of 329 and 324 for a 36-hole score of 653 and is tied for eighth with two other teams. Rollins, which has won the last three NCAA II national championships, leads at 604 (296-308), 24 shots ahead of runner-up NCAA I University of Richmond (311-317). Florida Southern is third (629).
"It's a better field than we'll see at nationals," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "Sometimes you just have a rough day, and we did, but they battled out there. It's a tough course, and we usually have an adjustment time when we play Bermuda greens ... We'll go out there tomorrow and try to play like we can."
Western's Katja Trygg (Sr., Bainbridge Island), the second-ranked player in Division II, is tied for 10th at 155 (80-75).
The Vikings' Candice Wagner (Sr., Milton/Fife) is tied for 25th at 161 (83-78), Catherine Kim (So., Bellevue/Skyline) is tied for 35th at 165 (82-83), Allison Gillette (So., Seattle/Ballard) is tied for 60th at 172 (84-88) and Katie Bender (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) is tied for 66th at 175 (84-91).
The medalist leader at even par 144 (71-73) is Samantha Richdale from Illinois State.
Western entered the tournament with wins in five tournaments and one dual meet.
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