March 23, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -
The Western Washington University women's golf team finished Friday's final round where it started, claiming second place in a 10-team field in the Augustana University Spring Fling at Desert Princess Country Club.
The Vikings, ranked No.19 in the latest National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25, had a 31-over par 319 in the final round to end up at 632, six shots ahead of third-place Drury. St. Edward's, Tex., which led after the opening round, pulled away from the field with a 295 on Friday to finish at 601.
"I thought the girls kind of struggled today," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "So I'm pleasantly surprised that we were able to finish second."
Claire Rachor (Jr., Bellingham) led the Vikings by finishing in a tie for third, two shots off the lead. Rachor, who was tied for the lead after an opening round 73, shot a 3-over par 75 in the final round and finished at 4-over 148.
It was the second tournament of a California road trip for the Vikings, who placed fifth at the Chico State Invitational, which concluded Thursday.
"It's pretty clear what we need to work on, and we talked about it and the end today," said Stephan. "We can use this week to focus on what we can improve."
Hailey Haught of St. Edward's and Maggie Leland of Augustana finished tied for the individual lead at 142, with Haught grabbing medalist honors after three playoff holes.
Western competes in the Grand Canyon Spring Invitational on April 2-3.
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