April 2, 2012
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ari. - The Western Washington University women's golf team is in seventh place, 16 strokes off the lead, following first-round action Monday in an 18-team field at the Grand Canyon University Spring Invitational Tournament being held at the Wigwam Golf Course.
Final-day play Tuesday begins at 7 a.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.17 in the latest National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25, shot 322. Host and No.7-rated Grand Canyon leads at 306, five strokes in front of runner-up Sonoma State (311) and six ahead of No.5Tarleton State (312), which is third.
WWU's Claire Rachor (Jr., Bellingham) is tied for 11th in medalist play after shooting 7-over par 78.
Two Vikings who shot 81 are tied for 34th, Kara Zitzman (Jr., Woodinville/Redmond) and Sophie Elstrott (Sr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene). Two other WWU players each shot 82 and are tied for 44th, Alexandria Taylor (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake) and Anna Bourland (R-Fr., Bainbridge).
"Our girls were close today, the course was there for them," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "They'd be playing well, but then lose focus for a couple of holes because of the wind."
The medalist leader at 1-over 72 is Tarleton State's Sharon Lau, one stroke ahead of Grand Canyon's Ashley Mooney.
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