April 9, 2012
GRADBURY, Texas - Western Washington University's Claire Rachor (Jr., Bellingham) is in an eight-way tie for second place in medalist play, two strokes off the lead, and the Vikings are in a three-way tie for fourth in the team standings after first-day action Monday at the Tarleton State University Invitational Women's Golf Tournament being held at Harbor Lakes Golf Club.
Tuesday's final round begins at 8:30 a.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.17 in the latest National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25, shot 17-over par 305 and are tied with Cameron OK and Western Texas CC in the 14-team field.
Two strokes separate the top three teams. St. Edward's TX, ranked No.3 nationally, leads at 296, followed by No.5 Tarleton State 297 and No.12 Midwestern State TX 298.
"When we made the turn, we were either even par or one over," said WWU assistant coach Luke Bennett. "But the back nine is definitely tougher, especially four of the last five holes.
Rachor shot a 1-over 73 with five birdies. Her runner-up score came despite a double-hit on a bunker shot and a ball in the water on No.18.
The medalist leader is Tarleton State's Sharon Lau, who fired a 1-under 71.
Besides Rachor, three other Vikings broke 80. They were Kara Zitzman (Jr., Woodinville/Redmond), tied for 17th at 76; Alex Taylor (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake), tied for 24th at 77; and Sophie Elstrott (Sr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene), tied for 30th at 79.
Tied for 64th at 89 was WWU's Brittany Wilcox (Sr., Spokane/Mead).
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