March 25, 2008
GOODYEAR, Ari. -
Western Washington University's Kaitlin Parker (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) fired a 1-under par 71 to tie for fifth in medalist play, helping the nationally ranked Vikings move up four places and finish fifth among 18 teams at the Grand Canyon University Women's Golf Invitational Tournament which ended Tuesday at the Palm Valley Golf Club.
The Vikings, ranked No.18 in the latest Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25, shot a final-round 308 to finish with a 36-hole total of 628.
Cal Baptist (305) and No.17 St. Edward's TX (308) tied for first at 615, a tiebreaker giving Cal Baptist the title. St. Edward's held a three-stroke lead after Monday's first round.
No.4 Tarleton State TX placed third (307=620) and No.16 Northern Kentucky fourth (314=624). Saint Martin's shot a tourney-best round of 304 to finish sixth at 629. Tied for seventh at 630 were No.12 Northeastern State OK and No.19 Western New Mexico.
"If there was a tournament all year long that we needed to play well at, this was it, and we did," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "This should put us in great shape for regionals, if we take care of business in our last two tournaments."
Parker's 151 total was just four strokes behind medalist Stephanie Bird of Northeastern State. Bird won by one stroke at 147 (76).
Western's Allison Gillette (Sr., Seattle/Ballard) tied for 18th at 156 (76), and Catherine Kim (Sr., Bellevue/Skyline) tied for 27th at 158 (80).
The Vikings' Breanna Carmichael (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) tied for 47th at 163 (81) and Lianne Matkin (So., Spokane/Northwest Christian) tied for 51st at 164 (82).
Western has a two-week break before competing in the Chico State Invitational on Apr. 7-8 at the Butte Creek Golf and Country Club.