Vikings hold five-shot lead at Chico State Invitational
March 21, 2011
CHICO, Calif. - Western Washington University's Christa Goldie (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is tied for the medalist lead and the Vikings enjoy a five-stroke advantage in the team standings after Monday's first round at the Chico State University Invitational being played at the Canyon Oaks Country Club.
The second and final round will be played Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.
Western, ranked No.5 in the latest Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25, shot 313 in an opening round that took six and one-half hours to complete. The round did not start until 12:45 p.m. because of course conditions caused by wind and rain over the weekend and was suspended for nearly an hour due to lightning.
Cal State Monterey Bay and Grand Canyon are tied for second in the seven-team field at 318.
"We played pretty well today on a very tough golf course," said Western coach Bo Stephan (5th year). "There's not one hole where you can just let it go off the tee, you're always having to place the ball."
Goldie shot a 4-over par 76 and is tied for top honors with Darcy Lake of CSUMB. They hold a one-stroke advantage over third-place Jacqueline Sneddon from Grand Canyon.
It is just the second tournament of the season for Goldie, who missed the fall portion with a shoulder injury.
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